Standard accessible toilets don’t meet the needs of all disabled people. People who have profound and multiple learning difficulties, brain injury or age-related health issues, often need extra equipment and space to enable them to be changed or use the toilet safely. Thankfully, these needs are met by Changing Places toilets.
The Changing Places campaign is one of the most significant initiatives in disability access for the last 20 years. Its importance is reflected in current legislation (BS 8300:2009 and Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013) which describes Changing Places toilets as ‘desirable’ in larger buildings.
As a result, many large organisations are starting to rethink their toilet facilities and help some of the most vulnerable people in our society to enjoy a newfound freedom.
83% of disabled people have made a conscious decision not to visit somewhere if they believed there wouldn’t be suitable, clean toilet facilities for them to use.
Jane Cooper and Gillian Scotford of Access for All explain why Changing Places are so important to families across the UK. They explain that Changing Places can help bring families together and give hope to people who dream about visiting new places and having new experiences.
Since the Changing Places campaign was launched back in 2006, over 1,000 facilities are now in-use — a number that has rapidly increased over the past couple of years.