Innovative Practices 2014 on Accessibility
Accessible and spacious toilets in public places
“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.”
|Name of Innovative Practice:||Changing Places|
|Organisation:||Changing Places Consortium|
|Beneficiaries targeted||Persons with disabilities|
|Approach/ model/ solution:||Campaign to provide accessible toilets in public places|
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.
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.
Nominated by: Wai CHAN, Centre for Accessible Environments