Disclaimer: I am not a professional with regards to the specifications for accessible toilets. However, based on personal experience as a mobility aid user, I consider the criteria below important. The information in this post should serve as a guide in combination with advice from an expert in this field.
Accessible toilets are an absolute necessity for many people living with a disability. A crucial part of inclusive spaces, their design features allow wheelchair users and individuals with a range of (physical) disabilities to use the toilet as independently and safely as possible.
Below you’ll find an Accessible Toilet Checklist with some important things to consider when designing a wheelchair-friendly toilet.
But first: Who are accessible toilets made for?
- Wheelchair users
- Individuals with mobility impairments
- People with bowel and/or bladder conditions
- People with balance issues, grip issues, or other conditions that make support rails useful
- People with a range of invisible disabilities who also need to use the facilities
- … and more
ACCESSIBLE TOILET CHECKLIST
- “Disabled toilets: When does accessible not mean accessible?“ by Gemma-Louise Stevenson (BBC News)
- “ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities“ by ADA Checklist.org
- “Managing Accessible Toilets” by the Centre for Accessible Environments
- Changing Places.org