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Changing Places and NUS team up to campaign for more accessible universities

The Changing Places campaign has teamed up with the National Union of Students (NUS) to campaign to get accessible toilets on every university and college campus.

As part of the NUS’ Access Challenge campaign, which aims to improve access to university and college campuses, the union will be campaigning for Changing Places toilets to be installed on university and college campuses.

The addition of a Changing Places toilet will help college campuses to become more accessible for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and for other students with severe disabilities who need support to access further education.

A Changing Places toilet has extra features including a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist and more space to allow people with PMLD or severe disabilities to use toilets in a comfortable and clean environment. 

Rupy Kaur, NUS disabled students’ officer, said: “We took the decision to partner with the Changing Places campaign as we are committed to improving the accessibility of all UK campuses. We hope that through the Access Challenge we will show student unions the importance of making campuses fully accessible and therefore getting Changing Places toilets installed on as many of them as possible.” 

Lorretto Lambe, co-chair of the Changing Places Consortium, which runs the Changing Places campaign, added: “We are very pleased to have NUS on board with the Changing Places campaign so we can ensure there are appropriate facilities for all students and university visitors to use the toilet. This latest partnership for the Changing Places campaign is a fantastic step to making UK universities fully accessible.”

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