Mother of profoundly disabled woman outraged by Oxford student union clapping ban

The mother of a profoundly disabled woman reacted to the news on LBC that the student union at Oxford would ban clapping, in favour of jazz hands, because it 'could trigger anxiety'.

Sophie, from London, said: "So, I really want to explain this quite clearly and I want people to understand this. I really feel like the disability movement has been hijacked.

"I have a 29 year-old daughter with a profound and multiple learning disability. She didn't walk until she was six and a half.

"She walks only inside a house, she walks a few steps. Outside of any building, she has to be in a wheelchair.

"She's non-verbal, she cannot speak at all. She needs all personal care, she's got a PEG tube in her stomach, she's got severe epilepsy. She has constant seizures. She has about 130 seizures a month.

"She was banned from a swimming pool, a public swimming pool when she was nine years old, because a family didn't like her being in the pool and asked for her removal from the pool.

"See, these are the issues that we should be dealing with and I happen to work with ex-military personnel as well who have amputations.

"I work with an ex-serviceman who's blind. We really should be caring and considerate to really some of the big issues that are going on in the whole world of disability.

"I'm actually quite shocked, you probably hear that in my voice. I'm actually quite emotional talking to you about this."

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