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29 March 2017

Kunal and Kunjalatta's story

Kunal is a 19 year old man with profound and multiple learning disabilities. He attends a local college and enjoys music, swimming and spending time with his large extended family.

Kunal and KunjalattaKunal is cared for by his mum.

When they are out in the community they need to use a Changing Places toilet. Kunal is a tall, well-built man and needs a hoist to transfer him from his wheelchair to the changing bench – it is impossible for his mum to lift him. But there are no Changing Places facilities that Kunal can use.

"It is such a struggle to go out”, Kunal’s mum explains. “When we do go out we have to return home within 1-2 hours so Kunal can be changed. If the family ever needs to go out for more than a few hours Kunal has to stay at home with a carer – he hates this. No-one likes to sit at home staring at four walls."

Full story

Kunal is a 19 year old man with profound and multiple learning disabilities. He attends a local college and enjoys music, swimming and spending time with his large extended family.

Kunal uses a wheelchair and has very little motor control. He communicates using facial expressions and some small gestures. Kunal's disability means he needs support 24-hours a day – this support is provided by his mother.

Kunal and his mum need to use a Changing Places toilet when they are out in the community. Kunal needs support with every aspect of his personal care, so an adult size height adjustable changing bench is essential. Kunal is a tall, well-built man and needs a hoist to transfer him from his wheelchair to the changing bench – it is impossible for his mum to lift him. But there are no Changing Places facilities that Kunal can use. 

"It is such a struggle to go out. A standard accessible toilet is of no use to us as it does not provide any of the facilities we need. When we do go out in the community we have to return home within 1-2 hours so Kunal can be changed. If the family ever needs to go out for more than a few hours Kunal has to stay at home with a carer – he hates this.No-one likes to sit at home staring at four walls."

The lack of Changing Places toilets places extensive limitations on Kunal's life.

"If there were Changing Places toilets in public venues we could go to shopping centres for the day together, like other families. Kunal loves fast food restaurants. If there was somewhere to change him we could go out more often and stay for longer – without worrying about getting home. ".

 


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