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Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms

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  • Matthew Hooton,

    I used the disabled toilets when my daughters were very young. Couldn’t go into the women’s with them, and didn’t want to take them into the men’s. Sorry.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 195 posts Report Reply

  • WaterDragon,

    Glad you modified that post Chelle: I have seen far too many posts that assert accessible loos are for wheelchair users only, which is exclusionary of many of the rest of us who may need to use an accessible loo but don't "look" disabled. (always amazes me how many of us are instant identifier experts based on appearances)
    I've also seen the endless threads about keys to accessible loos: gets disabled Australians particularly exercised. Particularly when they start to consider the difficulties of keys in different states, to be followed by some appallingly complex structure to issue the perfect universal key. This is often followed by "how can we monitor this?".
    My vision, pie in the sky as it may be, is to have all toilets accessible, not to have the token one on another floor/in another building/ locked etc. All of the toilets. All of the time. Everywhere.
    Until that happens, I predict several million squillion re-runs of this, a really genuine issue.

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to WaterDragon,

    All of the toilets. All of the time. Everywhere.

    Yes please. Should be written into the Building Code immediately.

    ...I predict several million squillion re-runs...

    Conjured up similar images to those generated by Polly's rant.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 3218 posts Report Reply

  • 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 Reply

  • 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 Reply

  • steven crawford,


    Toilets at a Gujarat train station. I didn’t enter the building, just looked.

    No wheel chair ramp.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to steven crawford,

    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 • 1931 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I did see people park there wheel chairs and drag them selves along the ground on occasion. Not such an undignified thing in that setting. There where also quite a few three wheeled bicycles with hand pedals about the place. Nobody cares for road rules in India.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

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