As co-chairs of the Changing Places Consortium, Muscular Dystrophy UK has set up two surveys to gather up-to-date information from people who use and campaign for Changing Places users toilets, as well as venues.
Standard accessible toilets meet the needs of some disabled people but not all. People who need assistance to use the toilet need Changing Places toilets.
Changing Places toilets are essential for over 240,000 disabled people in the UK and their families. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, muscle-wasting conditions, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, as well as people who have suffered major physical trauma, had a head injury or stroke as well as some older people.
Muscular Dystrophy UK are the co-chairs of the Changing Places Consortium who lead the campaign for more Changing Places toilets. We want to see Changing Places toilets become a mandatory requirement under Building regulations for all large public places, like shopping centres, major leisure venues. hospitals, transport hubs, motorway services and airports. To help strengthen our campaigning we have set up two surveys which we want as many people as possible to take.
- The user and campaigner survey focuses on the impact Changing Places toilets have on people’s every day lives.
- The venue survey focuses on the decision making process venues go through when assessing whether they can provide a Changing Places toilet as well as barriers they may face.
The information will be used to evaluate the impact of the campaign and to further inform our campaign goals. It is also an opportunity for us to gather your stories about what Changing Places toilets mean to you and what life is like when these vital facilities are unavailable.
Please take the surveys and share them with anyone you think would be interested in participating.
The data is collected by Muscular Dystrophy UK as Changing Places co-chair on behalf of the Changing Places Consortium.