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Changing Places Toilets

Changing Places Toilets are different to Standard Accessible Toilets they meet the needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers with extra features such as, A height adjustable adult sized changing bench, A tracking hoist system or mobile hoist, A centrally placed toilet with space either side for carers, and adequate floor space with size guidelines of12m2 (3m x4m). There are now over 500 registered Changing Places Toilets registered in the UK and just a few in Australia. "Come on Australia it’s time for Change"

Thousands of people need the Changing Places toilets that would help them to enjoy the day to day activities many of us take for granted.

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets comfortably. 

Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to meet these needs. Without these facilities, families have to change the person they care for on a cramped and dirty floor. The alternative is to limit outings to a few short hours or not go out at all 

The Changing Places Consortium has launched its campaign on behalf of those people who cannot use Standard Accessible Toilets. 

Each Changing Places toilet provides:

Equipment The right equipment

- A height adjustable adult-sized changing bench

- A tracking hoist system, or mobile hoist if this is not possible.


Changing Places toilet Enough space

- Adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers

- A centrally placed toilet with room either side for the carers

- A screen or curtain to allow the disabled person and carer some privacy.


Changing Places toilet A safe and clean environment

- wide tear off paper roll to cover the bench

- a large waste bin for disposable pads

- a non-slip floor.

What do we want?

The Changing Places campaign is calling for Changing Places toilets to be installed in all big public places.

This includes:

• city centres
• shopping centres
• arts venues
• hospitals
• motorway service stations
• leisure complexes
• large railway stations
• airports.

Changing Places toilets should be provided in addition to standard accessible toilets.

The Sign of Change

Changing Places Symbol


On July 19th 2006 The Changing Places campaign launched a new symbol for Changing Places toilets.

The blue and white circular image was designed to highlight the differences between a standard accessible toilet and a Changing Places toilet. The symbol was unveiled by disabled artist and author Alison Lapper at the launch of the Changing Places campaign at Tate Modern.

Graphic designer Sacha Dunning explains: “A Changing Places toilet is different to a standard disabled toilet. This room should include a toilet with space either side for a carer, an adult-sized height adjustable changing bench and a hoist. It was important to communicate all of these elements clearly through the design, which uses a circular shape to represent the Changing Places space.

By depicting the key elements in a simple rounded style and using a recognisable colour scheme often used for signs, we hope to have achieved something that is accessible and familiar and will be used across the country.”

Using the symbol

If you have a Changing Places toilet at your venue which meets the minimum standards for a Changing Places toilet, you should use the Changing Places symbol on your signage. Using the Changing Places symbol will help families to easily identify that your venue has a toilet which meets their needs.

The Changing Places symbol is available to use on the door of your Changing Places toilet, on wayfinding signage, and in promotional literature. Please read our guidelines for using the Changing Places symbol.

Changing Places Toilet street sign

Changing Places Toilet City Street signage

Indoor Public Changing Places Toilet sign


Guide to Changing Places Facilities



By John Bedwell Sydney Consultant for Obvius Access Consultants



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