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Disabled Access Day 2019 took place this past weekend and I was excited to support the event by visiting Stirling Castle. Historic Scotland hired a Mobiloo for Stirling Castle’s disabled access day event, so it was great to go along as a Mobiloo ambassador and support their amazing work on such a special day.
Disabled Access Day is a biannual event with hundreds of organisations across the UK taking part. Created in 2015 as a way of celebrating good access as well as creating opportunities and encouraging people to try something new.
I don’t know about you, but going somewhere new for the first time can be quite stressful. It can be more challenging for someone with a disability as there are so many factors to consider before even leaving the house.
Is it accessible? Does it have a step? Is there an accessible toilet? Is there a roll-in shower in the hotel room? Will there be a viewing platform at the music venue? These are just some of the questions that I need to be answered when.
Every day should be disabled access day, but I know that’s not realistic. Things take time and I’m hopeful that one day everywhere will be fully accessible. In the meantime, it is important to have this special day as it allows disabled people and their families to feel valued and more confident to go out and explore new places without fear of accessibility barriers.
Changing Places toilets are extremely important as over a 1/4 million people need these facilities as standard accessible toilets are inadequate. More and more places need to install Changing Places so that disabled adults and children do not have to lay on dirty toilet floors in order to be changed etc. In many cases that isn’t possible if the disabled person requires the use of a hoist so the only options are to stay at home, restrict fluid while out or make sure you aren’t far from home in case you need to nip home to use the toilet.
That’s when Mobiloo saves the day. Mobiloo is a mobile accessible toilet with an adult-sized changing bench and hoist that travels around the UK and Ireland attending venues and events that don’t have adequate toilet facilities for disabled adults and children.
This is why I’m a proud Mobiloo ambassador.