200 Changing Places toilets
Friday 13 August 2010
Is there a fully accessible toilet near you?
There are now over 200 Changing Places toilets in the UK.
Standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of thousands of people, including 40,000 people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Changing Places toilets have enough space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.
Without Changing Places toilets, families have to change the person they care for on a cramped and dirty toilet floor. The alternative is to limit outings to a few hours, or not go out at all. The Changing Places campaign, sponsored by Clos-o-mat, campaigns to change lives through Changing Places toilets.
The 200th Changing Places toilet opened in Scotland in July, and more than 20 more are already planned for the future.
The new facilities opened this year include a Changing Places toilet at George Best Belfast City Airport, the first at an airport in the UK. A Changing Places toilet was also available at August's V Festival.
Pictured: Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson opening Middlesborough's first Changing Places toilet.
Find out more on the Changing Places website