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Can Qantas help their Disabled Customers?

Jo Blesing on Sunday, 2 January 2011 2:52 PM
it appears that the individuals of qantas care, kindly, but it would be good to make a shift in perception for the operations department. When i was a club member i generally received great support. i flew to Melbourne twice a year, and even NZ and Brazil for healing. Always Qantas as they would look after me. Now that my club membership has expired i have flown 3 trips and have a lot of trouble, so this time I wanted to speak out to avoid it happening again. I can't cope with treated like a second class citizen when life is just so hard already, and I mean really hard. I had tried to renew my club membership but was advised that my form hadn't been received and 6 weeks was too late for it to be backtracked. I explained my situation and was told it didn't affect anything, I didn't want to pay to start again when i dont get to use any services (and cant work), but needed it for the extra care and service required. i was advised that the service is identical and qantas never offer complimentary. I assure you the service is NOT the same, makeing an already difficult life harder. To travel with a disability requires a lot a courage and strength, and planning, unlike an abled bodied traveler. It is not undertaken lightly. We need support however.

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 A fashion parade, including MS sufferers, was held in SA recently by Jo Blesing who is crippled with MS herself (as seen on 'The Cost of Keeping Cool', Channel 7 News SA, 31 Dec). Each person was given a transformational makeover as part of the process, not just for the final day but for the weeks building up. The even...t raised over $5k & will do it again this year with support. Show support by following the website.

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Debbie BryantJanuary 7, 2011 at 2:56amSubject: Hi JoanneHi Joanne...just wanted to say how wonderful I think an article I just read about you was. I too have MS, 50 years old and race V8 cars which I took up about 4 years ago, love adventure sports, and 2 adult sons and husband that continue to find modifications so I can continue what I love - I diagnosed with MS 11 years ago!!...can be quite a challenge at times but so great to see people raising awareness of what can be done, not what they can't do...xx

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Wendy says, "Hi Jo saw your details on the Realmsvoices site and looked at your fashion show too - wow! You are fighting a real battle that not many people understand, however, MS is sometimes a doubled edged sword, and we have to believe that a cure will be found! Hope you accept my request - I live in South Africa and was proud to see your reference to our 'Madiba' - albeit under the reference to the apartheid, which is despicable, and which we all should unite against. I understand the frustration and anger of coming up against ignorance and know how strong we must be, inside, to rise up and have a say! You go girl!! Blessings and love to you, Wendy."
 
 

Should Qantas care ?

And my one bit of politics, as it is coming close to Christmas and I believe that everyone can help to change this, as well as the items for those in need. Transport is such an issue for the disabled. When I flew to Melbourne to get my hair cut, the week of the event, Qantas wouldn’t let me on my flight as I was in the wheelchair. I missed my appointment, as they flew me 2 hours later on a bigger plane. Should Qantas care about the shifting perception? Shouldn’t it be equal for me?