More than a quarter of a million severely disabled people UK-wide need access to Changing Places toilets. There are over 1100 Changing Places facilities in the UK.
Current building standards recommend that Changing Places toilets be provided in large buildings, such as large train stations, motorway services and museums. Muscular Dystrophy UK, which co-chairs the Changing Places Consortium, want to see the law strengthened so that it is mandatory for all new buildings – such as theme parks – to feature them.
Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, said:
“Access to toilets is something that a lot of people take for granted, and it is shocking that families need to bring cases like this forward just to safeguard their children’s dignity.
“We need to see building regulations changed so that all new buildings over a certain size – including theme parks – include Changing Places facilities. But we also need to see more venues installing them now.
“Without them, over a quarter of a million people with a severe disability are faced with the choice of not going out, cutting their outings short, or being changed on a toilet floor.”