These facilities are not just for Hadley.
There are 11.9 million people in the UK who are registered disabled, including those with Cerebral Palsy and wheelchair users like Hadley, those with genetic conditions, amputees, people with Multiple sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, stroke victims, and so many with undiagnosed conditions. There are elderly people suffering with decreasing mobility, people living with incontinence, children and adults with mental health conditions, Cancer paitients and those with other life threatening conditions such as Motor Neurone disease who may also have additional toileting needs. The list is endless.
Do disabled people have much spending power?
Yes! Disabled customers are definitely worth catering for, with an estimated disposable income worth £200bn per year! Despite the fact that businesses and venues have a moral obligation to be inclusive and accessible, it would not make business sense to ignore our requests for change.
More important facts
BS8300:2009 The Design of Buildings and their Approaches to Meet the Needs of Disabled People – Code of Practicem was published in 2009. It recommends that Changing Places toilets should be provided in larger buildings and complexes. But we believe that instead of being a recommendation, they should be compulsory for modern public new builds in order to not exclude anybody who may wish to use them.
Equality Act 2010: The Equality Act 2010 replaces the Disability Discrimination Act. Under it, service providers are required to make reasonable changes – including to the built environment – where a disabled customer or potential customer would otherwise be at a substantial disadvantage; previously, such changes were only required if it would have been impossible or unreasonably difficult for the person to access or use the service. Surely having to be changed on a dirty toilet floor is a significant disadvantage? So we are simply asking businesses and venues to do something that they should already be doing aren’t we?
The Equality Act 2010 also requires: that service providers must think ahead and take steps to address barriers that impede disabled people. You should not wait until a disabled person experiences difficulties using a service*
*Government Equalities Office Equality Act 2010 Disabilities Quick Start Guide