Nightclub Hosts Party For People With Learning Disabilities
A club night held for people with learning disabilities was attended by more than 250 revellers.
The event, at Religion in Walsall, West Mids, was held especially for people who may not usually get the chance to have a night on the tiles
Jamie Firman, 32, organised the evening along with 25-year-old Chris 'DJ Rollo' Rollason and carers and parents were invited to the event for free.
Chris, who has Asperger's, achieved his dream of becoming a DJ after undergoing two years of training with Jamie.
He has now played at dozens of venues but told Jamie he had never even been to a nightclub, reports The Metro.
Jamie told The Metro: "I was really surprised.
"He said 'I have never had the chance to go into a nightclub'.
"He was worried he'd feel socially awkward."
Jamie has been organising events for people with learning disabilities for the last three years and several specialised events are now held across the UK.
Jamie told The Metro: "It's mainly the safety aspect.
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"They can go out and they don't have to worry about some drunk person saying something at the bar.
"We've got security, so they don't have to worry about leaving or arriving.
"So many people in our society don't understand learning disabilities.
"I just believe everyone should be able to do whatever they want to do."
UK charity, Stay Up Late, is campaigning for the Government to change the shift patterns of support workers so that more people with learning disabilities can lead a more active life.
The group says that because support staff are not usually scheduled to work later than 10pm, many people are left unable to attend evening events.
A statement on the charity's website says: "Going out to see bands, clubbing, or seeing friends is part of everyday life for lots of people. However, if you have a learning disability you may need support to do this.
"We have found that lots of people with learning disabilities aren't able to lead full and active social lives because their support workers finish at 10pm meaning lots of people with learning disabilities leave events at 9pm.
"We believe that people with learning disabilities have the right to stay up late and have some fun.
"We want support workers to work different hours so that people with a learning disability can stay up late, or do whatever they choose.
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