Imagine having to change a family member on the floor of a filthy public toilet.
Imagine how you would feel if that person on the floor was you.
Unfortunately, there are thousands of people with disabilities and their families who do not need to use their imagination. For them this is a daily reality.
People with disabilities have the right to enjoy the same activities that many of us take for granted, but existing standard public accessible toilets do not meet all needs. There are a lot of people in Spain who need personal assistance when using the toilet or when they have to be changed. This figure includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities with complex needs, people with spinal injuries, people with conditions that may affect their movement, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease, as well as people living with a stroke and older people who require assistance.
All these people do not have safe or comfortable access to adapted public toilets. Without appropriate facilities, carers are often forced to change them on public toilet floors or they have to wait until they go home. This is unhygienic, undignified and unacceptable, as well as dangerous for family members and carers.