In another case of discrimination against people with disabilities, a three-year-old girl with a dwarfism condition was recently turned away from a holiday hotel children’s club as her family looked to vacation there.
Eva Moissard suffers from a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. Her mother Heidi called the Club Magic Life Penelope Beach, in Djerba, Tunisia to explain Eva’s condition and determine if the hotel would be able to accommodate her. Hotel staff assured her there would be no problems and that Eva would be accepted in hotel kids club.
After a charity for people with dwarfism spoke out on Eva’s behalf, the hotel has apologized and indicated it would look into the incident.
Before going away Mrs Moissard contacted the holiday company, Thomson, to explain that Eva had a form of dwarfism – achondroplasia – and had limited mobility because of her age and size.
She specifically wanted to know that the children’s club at the hotel would accept Eva and was given and assurance that it would.
However, when the family arrived at the hotel, staff working in the club made clear that they saw Eva as a burden and that she would not be welcome to join in the fun and games.
Mrs Moissard said the experience had been heart breaking, particularly when set against the achievements of people in the public eye who have dwarfism, such as the celebrated Paralympic swimmer, Ellie Simmonds, and the actor, Warwick Davis.
Mr Davis is co-founder of the campaigning group Little People UK, which support families where children are born with the condition.