A Cork-based beauty therapist, who has spina bifida has started a beauty salon that is accessible for wheelchair users with the help of a charity.
23-years-old, wheelchair-bound Sarah Dullea who stays in Dunmanway, the country cork came to know that there is no access in the salon for wheelchair users.
According to Sarah, "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."
After Sarah had qualified and become a beauty therapist, she wanted to work in a salon but for her, it seems like an impossible challenge working in some salon.
She had visited many job places but they were not for a wheelchair user. One place she had visited where the tables were so high that for her it was not possible to see over it.
There was a time when the clients had to sit behind her so that she could paint their nails, it was awkward since their hands used to be in the air. This could also spoil her reputation of being a good nail technician as she is.
Then, later on, she had contacted The Crann Centre and shared them the idea that she wants a wheelchair accessible salon for both therapists and customers on their premises.
The Crann Centre is an Ovens-based charity that helps the people who are suffering from hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and many more related conditions. The Charity building is a fully wheelchair accessible building.
For the organization, it was a very important job for them to be a support system for Ms. Dullea in her mission of setting up an accessible salon, said Kate Jarvey, the charity's founder.
The opening of Sarah's Art of Beauty salon is really like a dream come true for Sarah Dullea.
According to her, her whole life people have just demotivated her by saying things like you are a wheelchair user, you can't do this. Hearing yes that we can do this for Crann Centre mouth is a very big deal for her.
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