Petition calling on the government to make urgent changes to building and planning regulations to ensure that Changing Places are provided in all large public buildings as they are built, redeveloped or refurbished.
Disability rights campaigner Lorna Fillingham, alongside Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike, will deliver the petition this month in Parliament aiming to make changing places toilets compulsory in all public buildings.
About Changing Places
To use the toilet in safety and comfort, many people need to be able to access a Changing Places facility, which have more space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist, and enough space for careers.
Standard accessible toilets (or “disabled toilets”) do not provide changing benches or hoists and most are often too small to accommodate more than one person. Without Changing Places toilets, the person with disabilities is put at risk, and families are forced to risk their own health and safety by changing their loved one on a toilet floor.
This is dangerous, unhygienic and undignified.
Lorna’s daughter is 7 and has global development delay and is a wheelchair user.
“Her disability means she is unable to maintain a sitting balance and as she is non-verbal she cannot tell me when she needs the loo, this means she wears nappies. When she needs changing while we are away from home, we often struggle to find facilities in which to do so. She is getting too large for a baby changing unit and our only other option is the toilet floor, which is unsanitary, unhygienic and in my mind inhumane as well as undignified. I don’t know what body fluids may have spilled there, or what might have been brought in on someone’s shoes or wheels. This is a completely unacceptable and unreasonable situation for anybody to be exposed to. I am also aware that each time I lift her, I am putting myself at risk of an acute back injury and this will become more of a risk as she gets older and bigger, how people manage to change adults in this way beggar’s belief.”
Providing Changing Places toilets make a dramatic difference to the lives of thousands of people.
Find out more about Lorna’s campaign to make Changing Places toilets compulsory in building and planning regulations and show your support at http://bit.ly/toilets4all