Our national organisation Inclusion Ireland is currently working on Changing Places Ireland, a campaign that aims to introduce fully accessible toilets to public places such as shopping centres, libraries and sports arenas.
The Changing Places campaign in the United Kingdom has proved hugely successful since it started in 2007. There are now over 750 fully accessible facilities, including a hoist and changing bench, dotted around the country.
These facilities have proved to be a life changer for thousands of families, saving them from the indignity of using facilities that are not suitable for the needs of their loved one.
Sometimes changing one thing can open up a world of possiblity....
There are now 4 fully accessible Changing Places facilities nationwide, in Áras an Uachtaráin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Airport - Terminal 1 and the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick.
The Offaly Association for People with Intellectual Disability is campaigning locally for a Changing Place in Offaly.
CHANGING PLACES CRITERIA
- Height-adjustable, adult-sized changing bench
- Ceiling track hoist system
- Adequate space for the disabled person and up to two assistants
- Centrally located toilet with space both sides for assistants
- Privacy screen
- Wide paper roll
- Large waste disposal bin
- Washbasin, preferably height adjustable
Campaign Contact Details:
Cormac Cahill, Communications & Information Officer,
Inclusion Ireland, Unit 2a, The Steelworks, Foley St. Dublin1.
Phone: (01) 8559891
Mary Lee, Information and Support Officer,
Inclusion Ireland, 12 Henry Street, Tullamore.