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The Seanad Éireann Community Participation Bill currently in its third stage will require a welcome change in the number of places in Ireland offering a Changing Places facility.
Currently there are 11 across Ireland compared to over 1,000 in the UK. As proposed, there will be amendments to Part M of Building Regulations which will detail specifications that must be met. Standard accessible toilets meet the needs of some disabled people but not all. This is where a Changing Places facility comes in useful with more space and equipment such as a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist. These toilets are essential for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, muscle-wasting conditions, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, as well as people who have suffered major physical trauma, had a head injury or stroke as well as some older people.Back to News