Architectural barriers are a big problem in Italy. So it happens that a 35-year-old Milanese stays out of a long-awaited concert despite having spent 300 euros to buy a VIP ticket in front of the stage and see her favorite Taylor Swift live at San Siro. The problem? A wheelchair that would make it impossible to place it in that area of lawn.
One more platform
So Silvia Stoyanova has decided to turn to the web with a petition on Change.org which in less than three weeks has already collected 32,000 signatures. What the woman is asking is to add an additional platform to allow all the disabled to attend the concert. “I have a vip ticket in the lawn area but the organizers are not organized enough to accommodate more people in wheelchairs – she explained in a video on TikTok -. So I was told that if I have a wheelchair I can’t log into”.
THE FORM COMPLETED BEFORE PURCHASE
In the petition, Silvia Stoyanova explained the dynamics of the facts. Like all disabled people, she had to fill out a form on the website of the organizer of the event in Italy, attaching the disability documentation and sending everything by email. “It was explained to me over the phone that they would take care of taking care of us disabled people once the tickets on sale on Ticketone ran out – she said -. While waiting to be contacted by them, I moved on my own and bought a ticket Vip in front of the stage, lawn area. It is true that I spent the beauty of 300 euros but at least I was sure that it was an area accessible for wheelchairs, as it has no steps”.
A FAVORABLE BACKGROUND
So evidently it wasn’t: “Once the sales closed, the agency began to take care of us too. I am one of the people who have been excluded from the event. So I called the agency and told them that I bought a VIP ticket and their answer was that ‘in any case, sitting in a wheelchair, you can’t participate even if you have that ticket'”. Hence the request made to the organizers via the online petition. And a certain optimism about its outcome: “Fortunately, in Italy we have a precedent thanks to a girl who fought for a second platform for the disabled at the Verona Arena, so we know it’s possible – he concluded in his appeal -. I ask the organizers to stop seeing us as second-class people”.