Posts by Chelle Hope

  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    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.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Good, because you are one of the people I’d hoped to talk to about it. 😂 My email is: scritch.blog@gmail.com if you’d like to flick me a message and then I can go into some detail,

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to Anita Easton,

    I have actually noticed that even for me some loos, like the ones at my local gym, could ALL be made different levels of accessible depending on my needs at the time. I can get my wheelchair in and out of all of them. I’ve even said as much to a friend. I need to summon up the courage to talk to them about doing this. Not just for me but for others with varying access needs and not just to free up that one fully accessible bathroom but so that if it is taken, some of us have options.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to daleaway,

    Thanks very much. Yes, agree wholeheartedly with everything you've said. I feel for parents with their little ones. There need to be better facilities for everybody. I have noticed more dedicated parents' rooms alongside accessible bathrooms but only really in publicly owned buildings in bigger cities. I think we would all be much better served if there was a decent subsidy or some other incentive for business owners to make their bathrooms more accessible to everyone. Equally though, I'd like to see more business owners meet their current responsibilities.

    I've had this problem in hospitals and GP clinics myself. I'm sure some bathrooms have an access sticker on them when they surely cannot meet regulations. If they do comply, the regulations might need tweaking. I don't have a large wheelchair and I can't get it into some apparently accessible bathrooms.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yes, I was furious with her at the time and with the newspaper. It was an extremely unhelpful piece.

    I understand extenuating circumstances but it was just SO uncharitable and counterproductive and yeah, she still should have used a stall. That she didn’t and got an angry reaction as a result is a problem she created and disabled people didn’t deserve to be dragged into it.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms,

    It is indeed a thing. I’ve heard small groups of young women giggling and snapping pics from the other side of the bathroom door, even flashes going off, on quite a few occasions.

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  • Access: The Fall, in reply to BenWilson,

    Thanks, Ben.

    No, I have absolutely no regrets about not accepting more help at the time. I didn't need it until I got sick. Then that extra pressure on my time and energy got too much, which is when I asked for help. Getting extra help with housework has meant I can use my energy and time to look after myself properly.

    I want to make clear too, that help is in the form of housework. I'll seek psychological help if I need it but at this stage I don't. I wasn't sure if that was clear, going by your comment.

    We shouldn't have to take help we don't need at the time it's offered in anticipation of a future acute event. Systems need to be more responsive and flexible to changing needs.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Fall,

    Thank you. Still very much "in it" I'm afraid. I'm through the worst of it but still struggling and in pain. I'll get there eventually.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Fall, in reply to Sacha,

    Thanks, Sacha. Yeah, it does help a lot.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Access: A different and interesting brain, in reply to Sacha,

    This is such a good point and something I often remind others of when they feel sorry for me.

    Hastings • Since May 2014 • 46 posts Report Reply

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