Courage, fortitude and sheer dogged determination have been the cornerstone of many of our disabled athletes’ abilities in this year’s Paralympics. Hopefully, this summer’s chance to showcase their skills has already gone a long way to changing people’s attitudes towards disability and to giving them more of a ‘voice’ in the community.
All too often the needs of disabled people are overlooked leaving them feeling marginalised and alienated.
The provision of appropriate disabled facilities at events, schools and places of work is a vital step along the path of integration.
We have already developed an innovative changing and toilet facility for disabled people to provide a flexible solution for councils’ keen to respond to Mencap’s Changing Places’ initiative – a scheme which aims to increase the number of disabled changing facilities nationwide.
We took up the challenge and designed and developed a revolutionary ‘pod’ unit that incorporated all of the toilet and changing facilities necessary to create a state-of-the-art changing place but that was flexible enough to be situated in places with limited site access.
Now, we have gone one step further and offered disabled toilets on a hire basis as well as for purchase. All units are fully compatible with DDA requirements and can be delivered and installed quickly and efficiently. Ideal for sports events or schools, the units provide ample wheelchair access and we hope that the flexibility of this arrangement will encourage more organisations and events to put these facilities in place without the need for any massive capital expenditure.