A child in Cornwall has sued a local theme park under the Equality Act in what is thought to be the first use of the law to try to get a Changing Places facility installed
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.”
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About muscle-wasting conditions
- More than 70,000 children and adults in the UK have a muscle-wasting condition.
- Muscle-wasting conditions may be inherited or strike out of the blue. These conditions cause muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increasingly severe disability. Some affect the heart and muscles vital for breathing, cutting lives short.
Muscular Dystrophy UK
- Muscular Dystrophy UK is the charity for 70,000 children and adults living with muscle-wasting conditions. We provide vital information, advice and support to help people live as independently as possible. We accelerate progress in research and drive the campaign for access to emerging treatments.