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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 6, 2018 Keisha Hale Things must be done to protect our love ones.
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 2, 2018 Jelica Roland
Jul 26, 2018 Ida Silver
Jul 25, 2018 Jamie Davidoff As a disabled person I only leave my home for doctors appointments and medical care and even in medical settings my caregiver often can find no place to change my diaper.
Jul 23, 2018 Latoya Brookins
Jul 22, 2018 Leslye Goldman
Jul 22, 2018 Marge Arnold
Jul 22, 2018 Margaret Patneaud
Jul 22, 2018 Maria Maldonado H
Jul 21, 2018 Raleigh Koritz This is a NO BRAINER!
Jul 21, 2018 David Councilman
Jul 21, 2018 Winn Adams
Jul 21, 2018 S Jitreun
Jul 21, 2018 Gilian Brown
Jul 21, 2018 Christine Iadeluca
Jul 20, 2018 KL Cole
Jul 18, 2018 Carole Kuehl
Jul 18, 2018 Erika Somlai
Jul 17, 2018 Mary Thomas
Jul 17, 2018 Animae C.
Jul 15, 2018 Donna Channen
Jul 15, 2018 Deborah Scharf
Jul 15, 2018 Martha Sherman
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 CHRISTINA SEEBORG It is only right.
Jul 15, 2018 Linda Wright
Jul 15, 2018 Julia Russo
Jul 15, 2018 Al Moorhouse
Jul 15, 2018 Dixie Miller-Workman
Jul 15, 2018 Bonnie Lynn MacKinnon
Jul 15, 2018 Maryanne Budetti
Jul 15, 2018 Sandi Hebley
Jul 15, 2018 Sherri Davis
Jul 15, 2018 Katherine Gold This would be a GREAT help for many parents and caregivers.
Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2018 Maria Dicillo
Jul 15, 2018 Kathryn Samuelson
Jul 15, 2018 Mike Hopkins
Jul 15, 2018 Freya Harris
Jul 7, 2018 Cynthia Dahlen
Jul 1, 2018 Alexandra Lohman
Jul 1, 2018 Ashley Waller
Jul 1, 2018 Cassandra Johnson
Jul 1, 2018 Jeanne Harrington
Jul 1, 2018 Cathi Gil
Jul 1, 2018 CAROLYN VESHIA Everyone deserves a proper area in public bathrooms. Those with disabilities may be older than babies who need places to change diapers. Please help them!!!
Jul 1, 2018 Kathleen Varnum
Jul 1, 2018 Sandra Martin When I invented the changing table for infants, I had not learned about special needs people. For those who get the money from my invention need to incorporate the needs now!
Jul 1, 2018 Joan Dozier It's difficult to find family friendly restrooms in public areas.

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