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Diapers aren't just needed for infants or toddlers learning to potty train. There are many older children and adults with special needs, as well as elderly adults who, for whatever reason, must wear them as well.

Many people know this. Far fewer think about the potential, day-to-day implications this could have on both the individual and their caregiver. For example, what happens when an older child or adult in a diaper wants to go out in public yet needs to be changed by a third party? They can no longer fit on changing tables for babies, so what do they do?

This may seem small, but it is a tremendous issue for those with special needs and their caregivers, as the options are limited and often degrading. [1] Many caregivers have no choice but to lay the person on the dirty, germ-ridden bathroom floor. Others have to change the person in their cars or elsewhere in public. Still others either avoid going out for long stretches of time or reduce their fluid intake so as to prevent the individual from being forced to sit in their own waste for any extended period of time.

In any case, this is distressing, degrading, and all in all a serious violation of a person's innate, human dignity. People with special needs deserve more and deserve better.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) says that "public accommodations must comply with basic nondiscrimination requirements that prohibit exclusion, segregation, and unequal treatment." [2] If people without disabilities had to lie on the bathroom floor or wait until they got home to perform their most basic bodily function, that would be an enormous outrage. It should also be the case for people with special needs. Indeed, this is not an issue of luxury but an issue of necessity and equality for all.

Luckily, there is a solution. If public venues' restrooms were required to be equipped with height-adjustable changing tables for individuals greater than 40 pounds,[3] that would be an enormous relief and help for both caregivers and people with special needs.

Tell the United States Access Board to update the ADA Accessibility Guidelines to require facilities to provide adult changing tables for those with special needs.

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Dear United States Access Board,

Across the country, many children, teens, and adults are living with special needs that make them unable to use a toilet regularly, for whatever reason. These individuals must wear diapers and many must be changed by a third party caregiver.

The ADA Accessibility Guidelines provide regulations that mandate accommodation to people with disabilities in public spaces, such as restroom facilities. However, it currently does not account for the fact that many Americans are in diapers. Caregivers must often resort to laying the person on the dirty, germ-ridden bathroom floor in order to change them, or they will skip the changing altogether and keep trips outside the home short so as to avoid forcing the person with special needs to sit in their own waste for longer than is right or comfortable.

This is degrading and a violation of human dignity. This is by no means equal treatment, and people with special needs deserve better than this.

We therefore implore you to update the ADA Accessibility Guidelines so that public places will be required to equip their restroom facilities with height-adjustable changing tables for individuals greater than 40 pounds. This small change would be a big step in increasing equality for all.


Petition Signatures

Aug 2, 2018 Diana Dupree
Jul 21, 2018 Christine Iadeluca
Jul 14, 2018 michelle ponton
Jul 12, 2018 Annam Fisher
Jul 11, 2018 Jennifer Johnson
Jul 10, 2018 clara antillon
Jun 27, 2018 vasilique mountzouris
Jun 25, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 2, 2018 Abby Johnson
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 Linda Luke
Jun 2, 2018 Christina Gardner
Jun 2, 2018 Jan Stark
Jun 2, 2018 EDITH LOBROT
Jun 2, 2018 Theresa Caruso
Jun 2, 2018 Bonnie Rotz
Jun 2, 2018 Mary Delgado Please help. My poor mother would stop drinking and only eat at home because she was terrified of having an accident.
Jun 2, 2018 Sallie McKenney
Jun 2, 2018 JoAnn Loomis
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 Joan Cuplin Update the ADA Accessibility Guidelines to Require facilities to provide adult changing tables for those with special needs!!!!
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 Marcus Payne
Jun 2, 2018 IL Sheehan
Jun 2, 2018 Laura Page ADA please help, thank you,
Jun 2, 2018 Lee Johnson
Jun 2, 2018 Alan Dion We need to be compassionate of this growing segment of our population who have the right to maintain as much of their dignity as is possible.
Jun 2, 2018 Lesley KIllen
Jun 2, 2018 R Holt
Jun 2, 2018 D Cooper
Jun 2, 2018 Sue Story
Jun 2, 2018 Susan Pizza
Jun 2, 2018 Linda Dimmock
Jun 2, 2018 Melissa Barnard
May 28, 2018 Roxana Moya
May 27, 2018 Kay Fisher
May 26, 2018 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
May 26, 2018 Annamaria Venditti
May 26, 2018 mesut subasi
May 26, 2018 Albeniz Pérez
May 26, 2018 Monica Rivara
May 26, 2018 SANDRY SAMPER
May 26, 2018 Шана Шарпей
May 26, 2018 Sanand Dilip
May 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2018 Liliana fiorini
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 Anna Hinnenkamp-Faulk
May 7, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
May 5, 2018 Kari Dyrdahl

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