Changing Places Awareness Day
Changing Places Awareness day – Raising awareness of the importance of accessible toilets
For the families of many severely disabled children, finding a toilet with all the facilities needed to accommodate the needs of their child can be very stressful and frustrating. The Changing Places campaign aims to make such challenges a thing of the past. With just over a quarter of a million people in the UK needing accessible public toilets, but only a disproportionate 1,300 available, Changing Places are campaigning for more registered Changing Places toilets in public spaces.
What are Changing Places toilets?
Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability.
People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. These needs are met by Changing Places toilets.
Why are Changing Places toilets important?
Standard accessible toilets (or “disabled toilets”) do not provide changing benches or hoists and most are 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.
Changing Places toilets allow those with additional needs and their families the opportunity to access the community, allowing them to be included, giving them peace of mind when enjoying activities that many take for granted.
Did you know…
- Only 40% of airports have a Changing Places toilet
- Only 1% of visitor attractions have a Changing Places toilet
- Under 1% of parks and open spaces have Changing Places toilets
At Jiraffe and Jenx, we are planning to undergo an exciting renovation which will include the addition of a Changing Places toilet! Our toilet, alongside over 1400 others across the UK, will be officially registered with Changing Places and easy to find using the ‘Find a Toilet’ function on their website.
To find a toilet or learn more about installing a Changing Places toilet, click here.
Why not get involved and join the Changing Places Awareness Day campaign! Click here to find out ways to help raise awareness and encourage positive change.