I used the disabled toilets when my daughters were very young. Couldn’t go into the women’s with them, and didn’t want to take them into the men’s. Sorry.
Glad you modified that post Chelle: I have seen far too many posts that assert accessible loos are for wheelchair users only, which is exclusionary of many of the rest of us who may need to use an accessible loo but don't "look" disabled. (always amazes me how many of us are instant identifier experts based on appearances)
I've also seen the endless threads about keys to accessible loos: gets disabled Australians particularly exercised. Particularly when they start to consider the difficulties of keys in different states, to be followed by some appallingly complex structure to issue the perfect universal key. This is often followed by "how can we monitor this?".
My vision, pie in the sky as it may be, is to have all toilets accessible, not to have the token one on another floor/in another building/ locked etc. All of the toilets. All of the time. Everywhere.
Until that happens, I predict several million squillion re-runs of this, a really genuine issue.
All of the toilets. All of the time. Everywhere.
Yes please. Should be written into the Building Code immediately.
...I predict several million squillion re-runs...
Conjured up similar images to those generated by Polly's rant.
Re disability policy generally. I've just caught up with the news that the Associate Minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Health's Disability Support Services is Julie Anne Genter. So we need to make sure she is on our mailing, advocacy and other relevant lists. Wonder if she knows about this Access blog?
There do need to be more facilities for parents with children. More parents’ rooms and/or unisex facilities with room enough to assist children would be good.
I would really like to see people being more considerate, though. The vast majority of people I see using accessible bathrooms exit all apologies with no good reason for being in there.