Origins of Changing Places
Changing Places was launched in the UK in 2006 and there are now 540 Changing Places facilities across the UK. They have been placed in key public spaces such as shopping centres, large railway stations, leisure complexes such as aquatic facilities, and recreational and sporting complexes such as the zoo and football stadiums.
The introduction of Changing Places has opened up a world of possibility for the 230,000 individuals who require specialised toilet facilities and their families. People with complex and multiple disabilities were able to be involved in the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games due to the availability of Changing Places toilets at the various sites and venues.
Likewise, the presence of Changing Places has conferred various benefits and advantages to the venues and communities which have installed them.
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Changing Places in Australia
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.