Innovative Practices 2014 on Accessibility

Accessible and spacious toilets in public places

A Changing Places toilet provides equipment, space and facilities (including hoist and adult-sized changing bench) for persons with disabilities who need assistance and cannot use standard accessible toilets. Changing Places toilets should be provided in addition to standard accessible toilets.

“Without Changing Places toilets thousands of people with disabilities face the risk and indignity of being changed on dirty toilet floors or not go at all.”

Beverley DAWKINS & Loretto LAMBE
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Changing Places
Organisation:Changing Places Consortium
Country
of origin
United Kingdom
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Campaign to provide accessible toilets in public places

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Currently over 550 Changing Places toilets in UK
  • Estimated equipment cost: 12,000 – 15,000 GBP incl. VAT

PROBLEMS TARGETED

The absence of suitable toilets means that persons with disabilities who need assistance cannot take part in many activities like shopping, going to a park or a show. Without a suitable changing bench and hoist, many persons with disabilities have to be laid on unhygienic toilet floors.

PROJECT

The Changing Places Consortium is campaigning to build more accessible toilets in all major public places, including city centres, shopping centres, arts venues, hospitals, motorway service stations, leisure complexes, large railway stations, airports etc. Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets – they include special equipment such as a height-adjustable changing bench and a hoist, offer adequate
space in the changing area for up to two carers, and provide a centrally-placed toilet with room on either side for the carers.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

The Changing Places campaign has ensured that there are over 550 Changing Places toilets currently in the UK with aims to have 1,000 by 2015. Individuals and companies may commit themselves to building a Changing Places toilet on their premises according to the provided standards and requirements. Their toilet will then be listed on the map of Changing Places which allows beneficiaries to find locations with appropriate toilets. There are also mobile Changing Places toilets available to rent for large and small events.

209_Changing Places_Dawkins_FotoChanging Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets – they include special
equipment and are spacious.

CONTACT

Mr. Michael LE SURF
Changing Places Consortium
Mencap, 123, Golden Lane
London EC1Y 0RT, United Kingdom
+44-20 7454 0454
www.changing-places.org

EXPERT VOTING

voted   
Top marks from:
• all voters
Top marks for:
• access to the built environment
• targeting the blind

Nominated by: Wai CHAN, Centre for Accessible Environments