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disability access

9 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Moto, Welcome Break, Roadchef

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

My name is Zack and I’m 21 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
88,010 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP

Ensure Equality of Access to Disabled Toilets For All by Making the Provision of Changing Places Toilets Mandatory in the Buildings Mentioned in BS 8300:2009

Dear Prime MinisterI'm writing to you about my daughter and how I want to make her future a brighter one. My girl is 7 and has global development delay, is non-verbal and a wheelchair user. She is also one of the happiest little girls I know, however, as her mum I can see a big black cloud on her journey through life. My daughter is unable to maintain a sitting balance and is unable to tell me when she needs the loo, she is therefore still in nappies. Now when I have to change her in disabled public conveniences I am more and more often faced with the challenge of either changing her on a baby changing table and hoping that it wont break because she's not the size of your average baby, or changing her on the toilet floor. More and more often it's the latter, which is unsanitary, unhygienic and in my mind inhumane as well as undignified. I don't know what body fluids may have spilled there, or what might have come in on someone's wheelchair wheels, this in my eyes is a completely unacceptable and unreasonable situation for anybody to be exposed to. I am also aware that each time I move and handle her in this way I am putting myself at risk of an acute back injury and this will become more of a risk as she gets older and bigger, how people manage to change adults in this way beggars belief. Currently British Standards recommends the following... BS 8300:2009 Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people was published on the 27th February 2009, and recommends that Changing Places toilets should be provided in larger buildings and complexes,such as:a) major transport termini or interchanges, e.g. large railway stations and airportsb) motorway servicesc) sport and leisure facilities, including large hotelsd) cultural centres, such as museums, concert halls and art galleriese) stadia and large auditoriaf) shopping centres and shopmobility centresg) key buildings within town centres, e.g. town halls, civic centres and main public librariesh) educational establishmentsi) health facilities, such as hospitals, health centres and community practices. Here you can find a copy of the standards set by the “Changing Places” consortium, for providing a truly accessible disabled toilet. http://www.changing-places.org/install_a_toilet/design/changing_places_standards.aspx I believe that instead of being used as a recommendation, it should be compulsory for “Changing Places” toilets to be installed in the public places mentioned above, and should be included in plans before planning permission can be granted. I also believe that the location of the nearest “Changing Places” toilet be advertised in standard disabled toilets as too often the disabled public are unaware of where the most appropriate facilities are, due to them not being widely advertised. If you agree that it is unsafe, unreasonable and inhumane for anybody to be changed on a toilet room floor in this day and age then please join me in asking for Equality of Access to Disabled Toilets For All and take a moment to sign and share this petition, and help build a better and brighter future for my daughter and others like her

Lorna Fillingham
35,495 supporters