Chat about accessible toilet provision

Whether there are enough public, accessible and assisted toilets is an ongoingdebate- one which goes online on September 18.

That day, between 11.00am and 3.00pm, Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading provider of toilet solutions for disabled people, will be hosting a chat on Twitter-?COMChat- to discuss the whole issue- the number, quality, location, specification, equipment…

“Only this week, it was in the news that public toilets stimulate the economy,” says Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager. “Disabled people account for 20+% of the average business’ customer base, but it is accepted that disabled people make a conscious decision NOT to visit somewhere if they believe there are not appropriate toilet facilities. One in 6 of the UK population is registered disabled and therefore likely to use an accessible toilet. At least 1/4m people need assisted, rather than accessible, toilets.

“We know from personal experience that people can become prisoners in their own home, because they do not think they will be able to toilet in an appropriate environment when away from home. Through the Twitter chat, we hope to raise the profile of the debate, enable people to learn what is wanted, where, and to drive forward appropriate accessible, assisted public toilet provision.”

Clos-o-Mat is the country’s biggest supplier of accessible toileting in and out of home, from a domestic WC through to an assisted Changing Places toilet and hygiene room. The company sponsors, which enables disabled people to plan trips away from home, hosts a fully searchable map for assisted toilet sites on its website, and is the only company in its field to provide a full project management and aftercare service, in-house.