This wonderful news comes to us from Ireland.
A beauty therapist who has spina bifida has succeeded in opening a wheelchair accessible beauty salon in Cork with the help of a charity.
Sarah Dullea is 23 years old and she comes from Dunmanway in Cork. She uses a wheelchair but finds that salons are not easily accessible to her.
Sarah says,” With Spina Bifida, the majority of people are in wheelchairs and that causes challenges in itself with going into salons because they’re tight. You have to just sit in this tiny room and it’s tight and awkward and you feel uncomfortable like you are putting the therapist under pressure.”
Sarah is a qualified beauty therapist but she found it to be a challenge when she was working in other salons. She says,” I tried to get plenty of jobs. One place, I went in and the tables were so high I couldn’t see over them. I’ve had to get my client to sit on a chair behind me and paint her nails in the air which was awkward. As good as a nail technician, as I am, nothing was going to save that.”
Sarah the approached the Crann Center with the idea of opening a salon at their premises which was wheelchair accessible to both therapist and customer. The Crann Center is a charity that supports people living with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and other related conditions.
Kate Jarvey who is the founder of the charity said that it was important to the organization to help Ms Dullea set up her salon. She says, “ Sarah is a beacon of light. We all know that work dignifies life. Unfortunately so many people with disability are not able to enter the workplace and that’s such a shame. We believe in her story, that rather than people with disability being a net receiver of benefits, that people with disabilities should be net contributors to society.”
For Sarah Dullea, the opening of Sarah’s Art of Beauty salon is a dream come true.
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