The Importance of Changing Places in the Workplace: The Changing Places campaign continues to go from strength to strength, with more public venues understanding the importance of installing fully accessible toilets. This year alone, the government has released £2 million of funding for motorway service stations to install Changing Places toilets, and another £2 million has been set aside to install these facilities in over 100 hospitals in the UK.
Legislation is under review for all new, large publicly accessible buildings to include Changing Places toilets, which could change the Changing Places landscape as we know it. But despite the fantastic progress which has been made so far, toilet access is still an issue in day to day life. Aveso were lucky enough to spend the day with Ross Hovey – an Accessibility Manager for a major bank & Changing Places user. He wanted to show us the daily struggle he faces getting to and at work with a lack of accessible toilet facilities. We followed Ross across London to see his experience first hand.
Ross was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic muscle wasting disease, diagnosed at the age of two. He told of us his life leading up to leaving University and looking for suitable employment. Like many ambitious graduates, he was keen to find a large organisation to work for with plenty of career progression opportunities. He also understood that not all employees could accommodate his disability.
“I looked for an inclusive employer who’s positive about disability.”
Ross was offered a job with a large banking organisation, based in the City, London – perhaps the answer to all his dreams, but the start of more practical issues.