Changing Places Awareness Day is all about celebrating all that the campaign has achieved to date thanks to the dedicated support of all our incredible campaigners. It is also an opportunity to help raise more vital awareness of the life-changing difference Changing Places toilets make to peoples lives- not just in the UK but around the world!
Changing Places Toilets are a fantastic development, going beyond the provision of a Part M accessible toilet and providing specialist equipment and a larger space for use by persons with complex disabilities.
To discover what equipment you need to consider when designing a Changing Places Toilet we created this video:
Thousands of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well other disabilities that severely limit mobility, cannot use standard accessible toilets.
People may be limited in their own mobility so need equipment to help them or may need support from one or two carers to either get on the toilet or to have their continence pad changed.
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.
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.
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