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A giant leap for Changing Places
Wednesday 18 July 2012
Giant’s Causeway is the latest tourist attraction to install a Changing Places toilet
Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway, opened a new state-of-the-art visitor centre, in July, complete with a Changing Places facility.
It makes the tourist attraction accessible to disabled people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to visit. There are also new trails and pathways suitable for people with a disability.
Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets, which do not meet the needs of all people with a disability. This includes those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, and people with a severe disability who need help from one or more carers. They have extra features – including a height adjustable, adult-sized changing bench and hoist – and more space for the disabled person and up to two carers.
The new, eco-friendly Giant’s Causeway visitor centre, on the North Antrim coast, is the ninth venue in Northern Ireland to install a Changing Places toilet. Others include Belfast’s George Best City Airport (pictured), the Northern Ireland Assembly at Parliament Buildings and the Orchard Leisure Centre in Armagh.
There are now 425 fully accessible toilets across the UK. Recently, Changing Places facilities have been opened at Kew Gardens in London, Swansea railway station, Stafford Hospital and Harrogate library.
The Changing Places campaign is sponsored by Clos-o-mat.