The Changing Places Australia project is lead by the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD), an information, support and advocacy organisation for children with a disability and their families in Victoria. ACD works in partnership with an advisory council made up of a number of government and non-profit organisations working in the disability sector.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, there are around 200,000 Australians with a disability who require assistance to use the toilet. A large number of these will need a Changing Place facility.
With Australia’s population ageing, we can safely assume that this number will rise over the coming decades. Hence it makes sense to start building fully accessible toilet facilities now.
A standard disabled access toilet is designed for independent use by an individual and do not contain the features required by many people with severe or profound disabilities.
Changing Places toilets are designed for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. A Changing Place facility must include:
The Changing Places program is working with local campaigners, government organisations, architects and developers to advocate for Changing Place toilets in convenient locations across the country.
Visit the website to learn more, find a toilet, build a toilet or support the campaign.