It is now accepted and expected that everyone has a right to live in the community, to move around within it and access all its facilities. Government policy promotes the idea of “community participation” and “active citizenship,” but for some people with disabilities the lack of a fully accessible toilet is denying them this right.
Although the numbers are increasing, there are still not enough Changing Places toilets.
Many disabled or elderly people make a conscious decision not to visit somewhere if they feel they cannot ‘go to the loo’ in a clean, suitable environment. Without these facilities many disabled people and their families cannot take part in activities that most of us take for granted such as Shopping, Concerts and Sports Events.
Providing these toilets in public places would make a dramatic difference to the lives of thousands of people who desperately need these facilities.