Disabled people are not new.
They have not just appeared suddenly.
They have been there all along.
You just might not have seen them.
We stopped visiting most local attractions a couple of years ago when stopped being able manage our son’s toilet needs in back of our car. Now, all that stands in the way of our boy and a great day out is a toilet with a hoist and bench.
Yes, fully accessible toilet facilities with a ceiling hoist and a changing bench cost money.
As did the regular toilets already installed so willingly by service providers.
Installed without question.
We all agree that a restaurant, theatre, leisure centre, cinema or theme park etc. absolutely must provide toilets.
They also have to provide toilet facilities for disabled people. The law is clear.
Yet for too long, toilet facilities which don’t meet the needs of disabled people have been installed and then under-used. Hundreds of thousands of disabled people just can’t use them unless there is a ceiling hoist and changing bench. There are also a huge number of wheelchair users who could transfer by themselves if the room was larger. Small disabling toilets are useless to them too.
Does equal access matter?
After all, it probably doesn’t affect you.
“The disabled”. The largest minority group of which any one of us can become a member of at any time.
It isn’t a club that many would wish to join. There isn’t a willing queue.
Yet, once you are in, you are generally in for the long haul.
So, imagine for one moment that you are in the queue…
Do you want to use a toilet too?
Click HERE to view a brochure detailing a Changing Places toilet facility.
The cost of not including these facilities is that people are excluded from accessing your entire business.
If disabled people “cannot spend a penny” they are not going to come to spend their pounds.
The human cost is even greater.
How many times can a person be excluded before they stop trying to go out? Would you go out for a meal if there were no toilets? Would you have a drink whilst at the cinema?
How would you feel about yourself if you had to leave mid film?
How would you feel about yourself if you didn’t make it home in time?
This little boy is just 10 years old. He is often too scared to go out in case he needs the toilet and in case he can’t make it home.
Please support the Changing Places Toilet campaign.
For hundreds of thousands of others.
And maybe for you.
None of us is immune to disability.