Today we launch our new campaign #BiggerIsBetter [Bigger Is Better].
We hear over and over again how much people struggle with the size of wheelchair accessible toilets.
Unfortunately, the size suggested by building regulation guidance is far too small for the types of wheelchairs and scooters that people use today.
We need to raise awareness and explain why meeting building regulations does not mean they are meeting their legal duties to provide usable toilets under the Equality Act [Disability Discrimination]. Very few businesses are aware of this.
Wheelchair users can often not get into these toilet spaces, turn around or transfer safely. They become unusable. An unusable toilet might as well not be built.
Every toilet that gets built to this size could mean decades of being unable to use that toilet. If nothing happens now – the future will remain bleak.
If the standards are not going to change, then the only way forward is to reach out to as many businesses and new developments as possible and encourage them to see that bigger is better.
We need to encourage larger spaces and where possible Space to Change or Changing Places. Without larger spaces, wheelchair and scooter users will continue to struggle to live as equal citizens in the UK.
Please join the campaign and help spread the word. Share our posters, pictures and your experiences.