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21 August 2017

Joyce's Story

Joyce is 33 and is events and promotions officer for the organisation PAMIS. Joyce really enjoys her work – which has only been made possible because a Changing Places toilet has been installed in the building she works in.

Joyce"I have cerebral palsy and have quite high support needs for everyday tasks." Joyce explains. "PAMIS, at the University of Dundee, have put in a Changing Places toilet with all the equipment I need – a hoist, peninsular toilet and plenty of space for two carers. Without this facility I would have to stay at home".

 Joyce also enjoys reading, listening to music, and going out and about in her local community to places like pubs and restaurants.

"If Changing Places toilets were provided in public places it would really change my life. As a disabled woman, this would enable me to go out whenever I liked –instead of having to plan my life around when I have to go to the toilet!"

Full story

Joyce is 33 and is events and promotions officer for the organisation PAMIS. Joyce really enjoys her work – which has only been made possible because a Changing Places toilet has been installed in the building she works in.

"I have cerebral palsy and have quite high support needs for everyday tasks,"

Joyce explains. "I use a powered wheelchair at all times and I need full assistance in personal care, including going to the toilet.

"PAMIS, at the University of Dundee, have put in a Changing Places toilet with all the equipment I need – a hoist, peninsular toilet and plenty of space for two carers.

Without this facility I would have to stay at home, as my paid personal assistants are not allowed to lift or transfer me without a hoist due to moving and handling policies. I would therefore miss out on the benefits of working and making a real contributing to helping other people with disabilities."

As well as her job, Joyce also enjoys reading, listening to music, and going out and about in her local community to places like pubs and restaurants. But she has not been so lucky in finding Changing Places toilets in these places, meaning her social life is restricted.

"It is very difficult to go out because very few places have accessible toilets for people with disabilities, and those that have do not meet my needs. My days out have to be cut short because there are no Changing Places toilets with the right equipment and room to manoeuvre my wheelchair.

 "If Changing Places toilets were provided in public places it would really change my life. As a disabled woman, this would enable me to go out whenever I liked –instead of having to plan my life around when I have to go to the toilet!"
 


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