Level Playing Field are celebrating Changing Places Day 2020.
What are Changing Places?
Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all disabled people. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often require extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. These requirements are met by Changing Places toilets.
Each Changing Places toilet provides enough space and a safe and clean environment. Changing Places is larger than an accessible toilet, with a full sized adult changing bed and a ceiling track hoist.
Ruth Hopkins, Level Playing Field General Manager:
“Once again Level Playing Field is pleased to support this year’s Changing Places Awareness Day to help publicise the importance of these facilities for an estimated quarter of a million disabled people in Britain.
Everyone deserves the right to appropriate toilet facilities and Level Playing Field always recommends in our Access Audits that a Changing Places facility is provided at sports stadia. Having a Changing Places with additional circulation space, an adult sized changing table and a hoist will actually determine whether some disabled people attend an event. Without it, the alternative is having to be changed on a public toilet floor or not attending at all.
The Changing Places campaign has come a long way in recent years, and we are seeing more and more permanent facilities being installed, and where that’s not currently possible, more event organisers recognise the importance and are providing mobile Changing Places.”