What is The Changing Places Toilet Map?
As mentioned, planning a day out takes a little bit more preparation for someone with a disability and their families. Standard access disabled toilets aren’t adequate for anyone with profound disabilities so days out must be planned around access to appropriate toilet facilities.
Changing Places are special toilets that are designed with more space, adult changing benches and hoists. They provide a safe and clean environment for disabled people to use the bathroom and be changed or cleaned.
The Changing Places Consortium launched a new Changing Places Toilet Map a couple of years ago to assist people with disabilities and their families, locate appropriate toilets and plan their journeys accordingly. The map also features tourist attractions that have Changing Places facilities on site.
These attractions will naturally be more desirable to disabled people, their families and carers, as they will have peace of mind that they will have access to a suitable bathroom.
Attractions that are on the Changing Places Toilet Map will attract more visitors because of the massive, and mainly untapped market of disabled consumers.
A Changing Places toilet can be a lifesaver for a person with disabilities and it will benefit your attraction too.
How Do You Get Your Business on The Changing Places Toilet Map?
First, you need to install a Changing Places facility. This can either be a modular facility (built off-site and lifted into place as a complete unit) or a space you have had adapted.
A Changing Places facility is a very specific toilet that must meet several requirements to be considered a Changing Places. Toilets that don’t meet the requirements cannot be called a Changing Places toilet and won’t be featured on the map.
To read more about how a Changing Places toilet is different to a standard disabled toilet and the special criteria that must be met, read our blog post, What’s inside a Changing Places Facility?
Once you have had your Changing Places facility installed, you can then register your toilet with the Changing Places Consortium – the official campaigners for these special bathrooms. Your attraction will be added to the Changing Places Toilet Map.