Not being a wheelchair user myself I only occasionally use the designated Disabled WCs in public places such as supermarkets, motorway services, universities and such like. I do however now find that non-accessible toilets are limiting my ability to carry on my normal social life, unfortunately this also seems to include all the disabled WCs I have visited in recent weeks!
The designated Disable WCs are primarily designed with the larger door to allow wheelchair access and with other fittings such as washbasin and handryer etc at a suitable height for someone sitting in a wheelchair. My question is this: is the WC pedestal at the optimum height for most people? I'm guessing that the height is correct for people who need to transfer accross from their wheelchair, but I don't KNOW if this is the actual reasoning behind how these cubicles are appointed. Presumably some percentage of wheelchair users are able to stand up and walk a few steps to use the toilet once inside the cubicle? Is the height of the pedestal ever a problem?
I'm asking about this because I am currently trying to raise awareness of the need for 'Accessible Toilets for All' via posts on my recently begun blog http://phyzzezee.wordpress.com/ .
I would welcome answers and comments from anyone who reads this either here or on the following blog posts: