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Who are they for?

16th Jun 2021


Who are they for?

Research has found that over a quarter of a million severely disabled people, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, do not have access to public toilet facilities that meet their needs. 

 Smiling boy in wheelchair, inside a Changing Places facility

In the UK the number of people who would benefit from a Changing Places toilet would include approximately: 

  • 40,000 people with profound and multiple learning disabilities
  • 130,000 older people, including people with Dementia and Alzheimer's
  • 30,000 people with muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular conditions
  • 30,000 people with cerebral palsy
  • 13,000 people with an acquired brain injury
  • 8,500 people with Multiple Sclerosis
  • 8,000 people with Spina Bifida
  • 500 people with Motor Neurone Disease

We also know that the number of people with complex disabilities is growing – we are all living longer, meaning many more people are likely to need access to a Changing Places toilet in the future.

These figures come from a report by Professor James Hogg, at the University of Dundee. Read the full research (PDF)