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Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms

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  • Hilary Stace,

    Re disability policy generally. I've just caught up with the news that the Associate Minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Health's Disability Support Services is Julie Anne Genter. So we need to make sure she is on our mailing, advocacy and other relevant lists. Wonder if she knows about this Access blog?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3229 posts Report

  • Chelle Hope, 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 • 61 posts Report

  • Logan, in reply to Chelle Hope,

    Love to hear your opinion on people like me using accessible loos: I'm non-binary. In almost every place that I try to exist in public, there is no unisex toilet that I can use. I look too masculine for a women's toilet, too feminine for a men's toilet. Often, the disabled toilet is the only place I can go without feeling uncomfortable and making everyone around me uncomfortable. I am able-bodied. I have so far never come out of the toilet to find an person waiting for me to finish (I do my business quickly, I'm not there for a laugh, I'm there to relieve myself.) but if I did I would feel pretty awful about making them wait. What do you think? Should I use disabled toilets, or should I just stay home?

    Wellington • Since Jul 2019 • 1 posts Report

  • linger, in reply to ,

    Best-case scenario is that, since the sign isn't parallel with either entrance shown, the sign may have been intended to direct towards a third entrance.
    I suppose there wasn't one?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report

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