Inclusive Bathrooms: Let’s Start Talking About It
Just a few short months ago, it seemed as though the whole world was in an uproar about Target and their “All inclusive/transgender/ bi-sexual/gay bathroom” policy. People were talking about it. It really doesn’t matter what side you are on, people were talking. Some loved the idea; some were scared of the idea; some didn’t care, but wanted to talk about how little they cared. It was on the news. It was on the national morning shows. It was all over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets. Some schools followed suit and made policies of their own, too.
Everyone was talking about including everyone else…except the disabled. Once again, they seemed to have been left out of the conversation. Sure, there are disabled bathrooms in every public place. It’s the law. But there are very few that are ACTUALLY built to help a person in a wheelchair. Most “handicapped” bathrooms, or stalls, are just bigger. Meaning, just big enough to fit a wheelchair into them.
What our son, and thousands of other like him, really need is a bathroom designed in a way so the disabled person doesn’t need to lay on the floor. It needs to be big enough for other people to be in to help with transfers. It needs a padded changing table that is about waist high. It needs a lift to help get a person on the table. It needs a garbage can close to the table for diapers. It needs a railing to hang on to. A truly “disabled accessible bathroom” would have all these things. Yet, most don’t. And no one is talking about that!
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