Over a quarter of a million severely disabled people in the UK, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, don’t have access to public toilet facilities that meet their needs. As a result, these people can’t participate in the day-to-day activities that so many of us take for granted.
Standard accessible (’disabled’) toilets don’t provide changing benches or hoists, and most are too small to accommodate more than one person.
Without Changing Places toilets, severely disabled persons are put at risk. Families or carers are forced to change them on toilet floors, in the back of their car, or a number of other places that are equally unhygienic and undignified. This puts the individual and the person administering the care at risk.
Some amazing figures released by VisitEngland showed that 83% of disabled people made a conscious decision not to visit an unwelcoming or inaccessible organisation — particularly those with no suitable, clean toilet facilities.
Organisations that have a Changing Places toilet are capitalising on missed revenue from those that don’t and according to case studies that is quite a large amount of money!
Changing places facilities provide opportunities for the disabled persons in our society and the revenue generated for organisations that invest in them is significant.
According to Government research the money that households with a disabled person spend is estimated to be worth £212 billion.
This figure is known as the ‘purple pound’ and relates to all the disabled people in the UK.
Whilst many of these people can use a standard accessible (’disabled’) toilet, there’s still a huge number of profoundly disabled people whose families are having to carefully plan any day out, because so few organisations and attractions cater for their needs.
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