The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people.
Trinity College invested in a fully accessible Changing Places toilet and upgraded all enabled toilets in the building.
The new facility which is now open is situated at the entrance level into the Arts Building, adjacent to the college’s respite room.
This is the first such facility in the heart of Dublin city centre.
The Changing Places toilet is primarily for college staff and students - but is also available to be used by the many visitors to the university.
The toilet facility gives more space and appropriate equipment for students who need the help of a carer to undertake their personal hygiene.
The Changing Places goes beyond a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet in that it incorporates additional assistive technology of a hoist, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, height adjustable basin and toilet.
And to further optimise the facility’s relevance for as many disabled students as possible, Trinity has chosen to install a Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash & dry toilet in place of a conventional WC.
Looking like, and capable of being used as, a traditional toilet, the Palma Vita has in-built douching and drying so the user - or their carer - does not have to wipe clean with toilet tissue.