We can say that everyone is equal, but it isn’t true.
We can say that everyone has equal rights, but it isn’t true.
We can say that we are an inclusive society, but it isn’t true.
These are just a few of the comments which have been made simply because I wish for my son to have the same opportunities and access to life that others already have.
Yes, I am emotional – imagine the outcry if these comments related to gender, race or faith!
Even UK law ignores the needs of many disabled people.
This is the bit of law which says what has to be provided for wheelchair users:-
Document M (the legal requirement for provision of toilets) states that “wheelchair users should be able to approach, transfer to and use the sanitary facilities in a building”.
And this bit of legal protection does help many disabled people. But not all.
What happens to people who cannot self transfer? Toilets which meet the needs of those who require a hoist and/or changing table are merely a recommendation.
When the current laws in this country ignore so many disabled people, is it any wonder that there are people who think it is okay to say such things?
And that law has to change.
We can ask one place at a time (many good places and people do exist) but we should not have to ask. The law should already be in place.
How do we change it?
I have contacted my MP to ask for his support. Maybe if every single one of us did the same, change could happen?
My son is not the first person to need Changing Places toilets and he will not be the last.
Just to be clear, nobody is asking for these facilities in tiny coffee shops.
We are asking for them in the places listed in this petition, which you could sign whilst you are at it! 😉
Find your MP here.