I recently let my son down.
Not because I wanted to and not because I didn’t care.
He was due to have a big operation which would impact greatly on him and I wanted to make the weeks before it fun so that he could have great memories of days out.
Half term week would probably be a great opportunity for most families as there is simply so much available, with almost every local attraction putting on extra things for children.
But very few of those places truly welcome those with disabilities, otherwise they would have toilets with a hoist and changing table by now.
We had enjoyed some wonderful days out at Easter when a local charity hired a mobile changing places toilet and we had also had a great day at a local theme park when I hired the same facility. Those days showed us what we were missing.
Mobiloo for a week so that we could go out and enjoy the sort of things most families take for granted – like enjoying a day at the zoo or going out for lunch and then heading to the beach. It would have been the perfect solution but we simply couldn’t afford to do it
The surgery was at a hospital 200 miles away. One parent was going to need to pay for accommodation whilst the other stayed at the hospital and such stays always bring extra costs. We couldn’t be “extravagant” at this time. So, I had to be sensible and take the sensible choice.
So we didn’t have a fabulous week of days out in Cornwall.
We didn’t enjoy the many great places that others enjoyed.
We didn’t make fabulous memories to carry us through the difficult days ahead.
All because of a lack of accessible toilets.
So I am sharing this video, courtesy of BBC Spotlight, of Adam’s One Perfect Day in the hope that more people and places will understand the importance of providing toilets with a hoist and changing table. Because those facilities are what made this day out possible.
Adam should not have to rely on charities making it possible for him to go out.
So please join me in asking attractions, town councils and large businesses to consider installing a toilet with a hoist and changing table.
They can easily be fitted into smaller spaces, as shown by this company with their Space to Change option.
We need more of us raising awareness or nothing will change.
Disabled people don’t want special treatment.
They don’t want token “access days”.
They want to go to all the places others do.