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Petition to Tesco , Sainsburys , Morrisons , Marks and Spencers, Asda , Waitrose

Supermarkets To Commit To Providing Changing Places Toilets In Stores Within 18 Months

Between Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose there are over 2600 large supermarkets across the UK. All of these supermarkets provide toilets for their customers.  However, only 9 of those 2600+ stores currently offer changing places style toilets. We want a commitment from all these retailers that they will roll out changing places toilets across their whole network of stores within the next 18 months. People with profound disabilities cannot use a regular toilet or a so called 'accessible' toilet.  When they need to use the toilet, or be changed, parents or carers need to hoist them on to a large changing bed. A changing places facility needs to be large enough to allow for a wheelchair user and 2 carers, it should have a height adjustable bed and a hoist which can be used to lift the user out of their wheelchair. There are many times when parents and carers have to resort to changing disabled children and young people on a cramped and often dirty toilet floor or in a baby changing room on a baby changing unit which is unsafe for their size and weight. Adults with profound disabilities are resorting to wearing pads even if they are not incontinent and have to relieve themselves in their wheelchair.  They have nowhere to be cleaned and changed until they can leave the store and return home and are left sitting in a soiled pad. Many disabled adults are resorting to with-holding fluids or even having surgery to stop them from needing the toilet when out in their communities. There are a quarter of a million disabled people across the country who need the facilities a changing places toilet offers.   How many stores provide changing places toilets in the UK?Asda - 4 (1 opening 2018)Tesco - 3 Sainsburys - 1Morrisons - 1Waitrose (& John Lewis) 0M&S - 0  None of these chains have committed to providing these facilities in all their stores despite knowing the conditions faced by customers when they do not have them. They all provide toilets for their other customers in their stores and many provide a variety of facilities including ladies toilets, gents toilets, disabled / accessible toilet, ambulant disabled toilets, baby changing rooms and even baby feeding rooms.   Things need to change urgently before a disabled person is injured in a supermarket toilet. There are currently no specific building regulations which require a changing places toilet within these stores, although they are required if businesses wish to meet British Standards.  However, these businesses are all bound by the Equality Act 2010 which requires reasonable adjustments for disabled people. We would hope that seeing an image of a disabled child on a toilet floor would be enough to make them want to make a change within their stores on moral and ethical grounds. We don't want to hear any more excuses of trials, lack of customer feedback or not enough space.  The time has passed for vague promises that they might try to install one when they refurbish.  These facilities are essential to many people.  They take up less space than one car parking place, there are many ways to integrate them into existing spaces or even in a prefab arrangement.  These facilities are needed now, there is no need to wait for a reason to refurbish, this is a reason in itself.    We want a commitment from all these retailers that they will roll out changing places toilets across their whole network of stores over the next 18 months.

Laura Moore
82,757 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to BBC Director General

Stammering is not funny

The mimicking of stammering in the BBC sit-com "Still Open All Hours" is offensive and misleading   I am not against stammering or any other disability being used in fiction in the correct context.  On the contrary, it can raise awareness.  However, it is wrong to use what is at best an impediment, at worst a disability, purely to make people laugh, as it is any disability. I complained to the BBC complaints department and ultimately to Ofcom and - as I expected - my appeal was not upheld.  However, there were a number of questions I asked that did not get answered, For example, does the BBC consider it acceptable for disabilities to be used purely to make people laugh?  I also used examples of the mimicking of other disabilities asking if they would be considered acceptable.  As they did not answer, I told them  I took it as a "no." and suggested the reality is that it would not be dared to be done because of the outcry there would be. Others who stammer and those close to them know what a distressing thing stammering is for many and the devastating effect it can have on your life, affecting such things as career prospects, social life and even relationships.  It caused one person to commit suicide.  The British Stammering Association gets phone calls from many in distress, including mothers' of children who stammer in tears because they feel they are to blame for their child's condition. Most importantly, with regard how stammering is portrayed in the sit-com is the fact that because of widespread public ignorance about stammering, many see it as funny so people who stammer get made fun of and in particular children get bullied. The sit-com is confirming that misguided perception. The BBC's defence was that the mimicking of the stammering by the character Granville of the character Arkwright, from the original series, "Open All Hours," is not making fun but a sign of affection as they were close.  Any decent person who was that close to someone who stammered would not do it because they would realise the distress it caused.  The reality is that it is being included to make people laugh -  at a disability!.  The BBC also argued that it is not Arkwright who is being made fun of but the other characters as Arkwright is putting one over on them.  Again, the fact is it is to make people laugh and in that context it is sending the false message that stammering is nothing. That type of mimicking is just the sort of thing a child who stammers might be getting at school, which would be extremely distressing for him/her.  Indeed, one person who wrote in the British Stammering Association's magazine explained that as a teenager he found the original "Open All Hours" too distressing to watch.  Also, putting across stammering as funny is going to encourage bullies.  Of course not all children and teenagers are bullies and some as a result of watching might in innocence interpret stammering as funny, thus try to joke with a child or teenager who stammers meaning no harm but causing distress, which is unfair on both.  The BBC's abysmal response was that they could not agree because it is not a children's programme.  The fact is that it is a family type programme on before the watershed and the BBC confirmed viewer figures indicate some children and teenagers watch it.  It would particularly have the wrong effect if they are watching with their parents, also laughing at stammering. The BBC's general justification was that the sit-com is not satirising stammering but merely continuing on from the popular original series.  I did not complain about the original, "Open All Hours" because I am not normally a great comedy viewer so was not aware of it until watching it by chance ironically shortly before the late Ronnie Barker passed away.  However, having seen it I made a point of watching "Still Open All Hours," to see if the stammering continued.  Yes, the stammering in the original series was wrong for basically all the same reasons. I feel strongly about this not just because I stammer myself but because I run a support group and I see people in all sorts of difficulties because of stammering, from not being able to form relationships, being held back in their careers, including through prejudice, lacking a social life and girlfriends/boyfriends because of fears of how people will react to them, and doing everyday things like talking to bank staff, solicitors, making public transport enquiries, avoiding phone calls, even buying a round at the.pub.  I also have dealings with the Dominic Barker Trust, a charity set up by the parents of Dominic Barker, who committed suicide at the age of 26 because of his stammer. I hope you will sign the petition        

John Thompson
86 supporters
This petition won 10 months ago

Petition to Irish Health Service, Health Service Official, Mr. Simon Harris, Minister for Health, Ballina Training Centre

Stop Health Service cruel hare coursing project!

This petition calls on Ireland’s National Health Service to please END a shameful project involving people with severe intellectual disabilities in HARE COURSING! The project is underway at a training centre in Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland. The centre provides therapeutic programmes and services for people with intellectual disabilities. In the recent “Mayo Mental Health News" newsletter, the cruel blood sport was described as “the interesting new pastime offered by the Centre.” The project involves both helping to train greyhounds for hare coursing AND encouraging patients to attend and support hare coursing events. The Health Service Executive (HSE), which funds and runs the Ballina Training Centre, has confirmed that the service has been supporting the activity for clients. A local politician, Councilor Gerry Ginty has spoken out strongly against the HSE funded centre's facilitation of coursing, saying "it’s regrettable that this would be considered an appropriate past-time for service users" and expressed support for a ban on the blood sport. It is shocking beyond words that Ireland’s Health Service is condoning and facilitating a project that promotes one of the cruelest blood sports in the world. Most civilized human beings would recoil in horror from the idea of bringing vulnerable people to live coursing events, where hares are mauled; get tossed about like rag dolls, and have their bones crushed- and greyhounds also suffer appalling injuries. Please sign this petition and let the Irish Health Service know that this CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE. (Tony O’Brien, Director General of the Health Service, can be contacted by phone at 00 353 1 635 2000) ·         Here is footage from hare coursing fixtures held in the present season: This is the kind of activity the HSE thinks is an appropriate experience for people with serious intellectual disabilities:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTGE20GX7ik&index=1&list=PLRkXOvbUPNNg1KdCXIhJwE_YQELz8SOX0  

John Fitzgerald
2,576 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Moto, Welcome Break, Roadchef , Paul Maynard MP

Have accessible changing facilities at every motorway service station in the UK

My name is Zack and I’m 22 years old. That's me in the picture above. I have cerebral palsy which affects the use of all my four limbs and my speech. I am tube fed, use a touch screen speech machine to communicate and an electric wheelchair to get around. I am campaigning to get accessible changing room facilities installed at all UK motorway service stations. There are many disabled children and adults who, like me are wheelchair users and require suitable spaces and the assistance of a carer when needing toilet and changing facilities during long journeys. At the moment there are very few appropriate facilities on UK motorway routes. I cannot use a regular toilet so when I need to be changed my parents or carers need to hoist me on to a bed. A changing places room needs to be large enough, have a height adjustable bed and a hoist which can be used to lift me out of my wheelchair. There are many times when my parents have to resort to changing me on a cramped and often dirty toilet floor or in a baby changing room. I’m not the only one in this situation, there are a quarter of a million disabled people across the country, many of who, are in need of these services too. Over 1000 facilities are now in operation at tourist attractions, restaurants, museums and leisure centres in the UK, but hardly any exist on major travel routes and so far, all of them are in the Midlands or south of England. Moto are the largest operator of service stations in the U.K. with 60 stations, but so far they only have 5 with changing place rooms with a further 2 planned in 2018. Welcome Break also have 6 such changing rooms. The operators at Moto claim to be "committed to the cause of providing accessible changing rooms", but in reality they say that the cost of installing such facilities is prohibitive and compared to the popularity of coffee shop and food outlets, it is not justified for the number of people who would use them. It would mean a lot of to me if they led the way by introducing accessible changing places in all their service stations and readdressed the balance in providing accessible facilities for all travellers regardless of their needs and abilities. Please support my campaign to improve these basic needs for all disabled travellers. Thank you

Zack Kerr
117,219 supporters