It really did cost £300 for my son to “spend a penny” during a recent visit to a local theme park!
Yet the theme park provided toilets for all the other visitors that day, all included in the entry fee. Nobody considered it to be a bonus that they had toilets. I don’t even think any other visitors that day called ahead to ask if they had toilets, but I had to book ours and contact the theme park to check that it was okay to bring it. In fact, I think that able-bodied people actually expected the facilities to be there!
Able-bodied people are so “entitled”! 🙂
Able-bodied people also expect attractions to provide separate facilities for men and women, and they expect them to have more than one toilet block in a theme park! Goodness -they will be expecting doors on the toilet cubicles and free toilet roll next!
All whilst families like mine hire their own mobile hoist assisted toilet from a company which drives it several hundred miles to us, just so that we can go out with comfort, safety and dignity. I use the word “dignity” a bit loosely though, as, no matter how glad I am that we can hire the Mobiloo, I don’t think many able-bodied people would want to do their business in the back of an attendant controlled transit van. Do feel free to correct me if your toilet preference is not actually to be inside a block built building but to be inside the back of a transit van!
My son and I started asking this particular attraction to provide an accessible toilet with a hoist and changing table in June 2016. We hadn’t visited for a few years as I could no longer manage my son’s toileting needs in the park . When he was smaller we used the back of our VW, with two of us lifting him from his wheelchair to a fold-out bed to sort clothing before lifting him to his portable toilet chair, back to the bench and then back into his chair. Then we would deal with the contents of the toilet – ugh! Not pleasant for any of us, but really horrible for my son.
Yet, as horrible as it was, at least it meant he could visit one of his favourite places.
The theme park bosses know about the need. They know that people are staying away – we stayed away for years, with me making constant excuses to my son about why he couldn’t visit. They know that some families are changing their children (and adults) outside on the grass and that others are using the back of their car or the toilet floor.
My son deserves more.
He should be able to visit his favourite places.
He should be able to visit new places.
He should be able to go out on any day he chooses.
He should not have to make arrangements weeks ahead.
And he shouldn’t have to spend £300 to use a toilet!
But until all local attractions start meeting the duties of the Equality Act, and the moral duty to treat all people respectfully, life is restricted for hundreds of thousands of people in the UK alone.
On the plus side, it might have cost £300 to hire the toilet but he did use it four times that day, so it really only cost the bargain price of £75 per wee! 🙂
I am so glad that the Mobiloo option exists, and, when you account for the hours spent driving to a location and returning home after a long day, the cost is reasonable. It is a not for profit company and they always try to help if they can, but it really isn’t ideal.
Sign the petition here, and ask your friends to do the same.
Nobody should have to spend £300 just to “spend a penny”?