Whenever I see “Changing Places” written down I am mentally adding the word “toilets”. I dislike the name given to the facilities and the campaign because it doesn’t tell us enough. “Changing Places toilets” are not just a place to change pads. That is one need for some users, but not for all. Just because you… Continue reading Who needs Changing Places?
Do you think that statement would get a faster response than my polite messages expressing that we were not able to use a “disabled toilet”? Because quite often I am scared that we are going to knock the toilet and break it. Powered chairs are sturdy things. Just a small movement of the joystick triggers a big movement of a… Continue reading OOPS! I took out your toilet!
All too often businesses will pull out the argument that they don’t need to improve toilet facilities because they are already “meeting minimum legal standards”. They are, after all, providing a “toilet-with-a-wheelchair-logo-on-the-door”. They don’t see the need to do anything else. Indeed, an Asda store recently won praise for putting another sign on that door to… Continue reading That logo on the door.
I am sure that we all agree that equal access matters. I am sure that we agree that a person should not be treated less favourably due to disability. The Equality Act is clear on this! Yet there is a huge reluctance to move forward and make improvements. We know what is needed. We know… Continue reading The simple way to equality…
When I started writing, it was never intended to be solely about toilets. After all, surely my life is bigger than that? So I started to think about the places we have been to this summer and thought I could share those memories. Turns out we haven’t done much. We did go to Bristol Children’s… Continue reading Not about toilets!
…for able-bodied women. The Theatre’s Trust announced a new scheme to improve women’s toilet facilities at up to 10 theatres. Taken from the BBC News article, “The anxiety caused by long queues, with unappealing conditions often awaiting even the lucky few, meaningfully diminishes the joy of theatre for about half the audience.” The anxiety of having… Continue reading Theatres need improving…
Possibly just feet away from you. Just behind a closed door. You were probably not aware of it. It probably also happened at most service stations across the country. It definitely happened at a local supermarket. It happened at the zoo. It happened at a theme park. It happened in a shopping centre. Somewhere near… Continue reading Something horrible happened.