NORTH WEST COUNCILS: Make it mandatory for changing places facilities!
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Because of my daughter I see the world through different eyes, she does not speak but she has plenty to say. I am her support. I am her voice. Together we can help make a change.
Starting with Changing places toilets being added to large establishments, Eventually making them mandatory.
Stockport. A town where 18.64% are disabled and 8.44% classed as severely limited. A town where there are 41 public toilets but only ONE changing places facility.
My daughter Olivia, is almost five years old and has Perivntricular Luekomalacia a severe form of brain damage which has resulted in Quadriplegic cerebral palsy. As a result of this she's a full time wheelchair user, she can not sit unaided walk unaided or support herself in anyway.
The world needs to be brought to her for her to fully enjoy it. Sadly as she's getting older it's becoming more and more difficult for this to happen. Certain places we would love to take her we simply can not because of something so simple, inadequate toilet facilities. All that stands between her and enjoying days out with her family is a suitable toilet, hoist and changing bench. She's not alone, in fact 1/4 of the uk population require the same facilities yet there not available.
I want her future to be as bright as any parent wants for their child. Despite her disabilities and health she is one of the happiest little girls I know, however I see a dark cloud on her journey through life. She's unable to tell me when she needs the toilet therefore she's still in nappies. When I need to change her I am faced with an accessible disabled toilet which is great for size but not for equipment we need. I am faced with Nothing to change her on my ONLY option is the floor.
As well as the floor being unsanitary, unhygienic it's incredibly undignified. It's completely unacceptable
I wouldn't Lay down on it, would you? What about severely disabled teenagers & adults?
Changing places association launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of people who can not use standard accessible toilets. Over 1/4 million people require these facilities despite this there are only 1070 across the UK. It shouldn’t be a matter of cost when it comes to providing facilities for disabled people but it is.
CHANGING PLACES TOILETS SHOULD BE EVERYWHERE ABLE-BODIED PEOPLE EXPECT TO USE THE TOILET
PLEASE HELP ME & THOUSANDS OF DISABLED PEOPLE ACROSS THE UK.
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