How accessible are standard accessible toilets?
Did you know that standard accessible toilets do not always meet the additional needs of all disabled people? People with certain disabilities, including profound or multiple learning disabilities, spinal injuries and muscular dystrophy, find their needs are often not met in regular accessible toilets. They require extra equipment and more space to allow them, or their carers, to assist them in using the toilets safely and comfortably.
The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 to encourage businesses and public spaces to include Changing Places toilets in new builds, and to install them in existing buildings.
Where can you find Changing Places toilets?
Over a quarter of a million disabled people require Changing Places to allow them to get out and enjoy activities that people without these accessibility needs take for granted. The aim of the Changing Places Consortium is to enable disabled people to live a more fulfilling life, and allow them to use spaces and places previously inaccessible to them.
These include, but are not limited to:
- motorway service stations
- shopping centres and supermarkets