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To: Hamilton City Council

Space to Change- Changing New Zealand one bathroom at a time

Space to Change- Changing New Zealand one bathroom at a time

Dear Hamilton City Councillors,

We ask you to provide a fully accessible bathroom to be built in the in Hamilton City's Civic Centre so everyone can enjoy and access everything Hamilton City has to offer.

Why is this important?

Since 2016 Space to Change has been advocating for a fully accessible bathroom to be built in the in Hamilton City's Civic Centre so everyone can enjoy and access everything Hamilton City has to offer.

For example, Johnny is an adult with highly-complex disabilities enjoys going to the movies with his family, until the time comes when he needs to change his incontinence products. Johnny knows he has two options
1. Cut his movie short and return home to change. The public toilets are not suitable there is no change table fit for an adult.
2. Change Johnny’s incontinence products by laying Johnny on the floor of the public bathroom cubicle, a space that most people would never wish to lay on. This is the unfortunate reality for many people with high-complex needs.

Hamilton City Council supported a fully accessible bathroom at Hamilton City Gardens which is great. However we would like the Council to progress the commitment made in 2017 and provide the same provisions for our Civic Centre. Minority groups have as much a right to access to public facilities as anyone.

Space to Change seeks to encourage community engagement by advocating for safe, clean and hygienic spaces for people like Johnny to be changed, so he can carry out the rest of his daily activities without frustration and loss of dignity.

Public spaces including our council buildings and facilities should be accessible to all people in Hamilton.

Take action by signing our petition in support for a more accessible inclusive community one that provides a Space to Change.

Project Brave
We represent the rights of people with impairments so they can live an ordinary life, accessing and being part of their community with dignity and respect. Through leadership and bravery, people living with impairment and their supporters collaborate with community leaders to create an accessible world. Our voices are strong, our lived experience ignites the spark for change and impacts decision makers hearts and minds; so that our community is one of possibilities rather than limitations.

Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

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Reasons for signing

  • Working in the Health and disability sector for 12 years I can see how imperative it is to support this cause. I have faced the same challenges as a support worker and can certainly imagine the impact it has on our tangata we support. The only true way to allow our tangata to be supported in a true dignified way is to make these changes happen. He aha te mea nui o te au? He tangata he tangata he tangata
  • its a basic human right to access ones community. For major developments not having such facilities excludes the most vulnerable amongst us is unfair. Time to legislate, subsidise and encourage developers and local Government to invest in access for all.
  • Everyone has the right to accessibility

Updates

2019-03-22 21:02:07 +1300

100 signatures reached

2019-03-22 08:34:12 +1300

50 signatures reached

2019-03-21 21:16:07 +1300

25 signatures reached

2019-03-15 09:26:07 +1300

Reference
Hamilton community Group hopeful council will create accessible public toilet
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/92625884/hamilton-community-group-hopeful-council-will-create-accessible-public-toilets

2019-03-15 09:25:49 +1300

Project Brave
We represent the rights of people with impairments so they can live an ordinary life, accessing and being part of their community with dignity and respect. Through leadership and bravery, people living with impairment and their supporters collaborate with community leaders to create an accessible world. Our voices are strong, our lived experience ignites the spark for change and impacts decision makers hearts and minds; so that our community is one of possibilities rather than limitations.https://www.facebook.com/Projectbrave2018/

2019-03-09 18:51:17 +1300

10 signatures reached