The Radar National Key Scheme key offers disabled people independent access to the 9,000 accessible locked toilets around the country. Providers of disabled toilets fit Radar locks to ensure their facilities are in good condition. Over 25 years the scheme has been adopted by 400+ local authorities and many transport, retail and leisure providers.
The availability of appropriately designed lavatories in public places is essential if disabled people are to be able to engage in their communities and take part in everyday activities.
Radar would like public toilets for disabled people to be kept unlocked and in a usable condition at all times, but even a low level of damage or lack of maintenance can make toilets unusable. In many situations providers have found it necessary to restrict entry to purpose-designed toilets in order toprevent damage caused by wilful or casual misuse. Radar recognised that two elements of its policy had become irreconcilable.
So, 30 years ago, we had discussions with disability organisations and localauthorities and the National Key Scheme for Toilets for Disabled People was established. We have also been involved with the development of automatic, vandal resistant ‘superloos’ that can be used by disabled people, and the ‘Changing Places Campaign’, which calls for toilets with the additional facilities required by people with severe impairments to be installed in all major public places inaddition to standard accessible toilets.
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