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Why I Hate End of Term as a Parent of an Autistic Child

I love when the clocks go forward, the weather is warmer and the nights lighter,…

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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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Time to Push Changing Places to the Next Level

As a passionate and hard-working changing places campaigner, I am always trying to…

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by Laura Moore
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I Took My Pants Down for Disability Equality!

The changing places campaign is now in its 13 year, but there are still only 1104…

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by Laura Moore
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It’s Time to Talk about Toilets

It should come as no surprise to anyone to read that when you’ve gotta go,…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Temporary Changing

Temporary changing place toilets have their place, but they should never be a permanent…

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by Laura Moore
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I’m Ashamed That We Live In a UK that Allows This To Happen

Before I had a child with disabilities, I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t…

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by Laura Rutherford
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5 Things I am Tired of Hearing as a Parent of a Disabled Child

My son, William, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is a full-time wheelchair user. …

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parenting: Migloo

I’ve been campaigning for changing places toilets for several years now and…

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by Laura Moore
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When there’s no room for the basics

I have a question for you; what do you do when you have an individual who uses a…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Special Needs Campaigns: Why I am losing the will to fight for Changing Places toilets

You probably know me for being a prolific campaigner for changing places toilets. …

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parents: What would you expect to find in a public bathroom?

Have you ever been to a restaurant and enjoyed a lovely meal? At some point during…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Special Needs Campaigns: Changing Places

13.3 million disabled people require better toilet facilities.

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by Laura Moore
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The Great Nappy Debate

When I heard that Loose Women would be talking about “The great nappy debate”…

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by Laura Moore
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Does the UK lead the way when it comes to Changing Places?

The official changing places campaign has been running for over 10 years and we currently…

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by Firefly Community
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Accessibility: What is a radar key?

A radar key is an extremely large key which will unlock over 10,000 “accessible”…

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by Firefly Community
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Special Needs Campaigns: 11 Reasons not to provide an adult sized bench and hoist

It is estimated that at least 1 in 260 people in the UK require an adult sized changing…

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by Firefly Community
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Accessibility and Inclusion Shouldn’t be a Luxury

Now that Amy is a sizeable child days out are becoming more of a challenge when it…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Where you will find a Mobiloo this August

There are so many fun things going on during the summer holidays which many families…

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by Firefly Community
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The things we resort to when there has been no bench and hoist

It is estimated that 1 in 260 people in the UK need an adult sized changing bench…

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by Firefly Community
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10 More UK Tourist Attractions with a Changing Places Toilet

We all know that one of the biggest challenges faced by families with disabled children…

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by Firefly Community
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Tilgate Park officially opens Space to Change

Crawley Borough Council has officially opened what is believed to be the first hoist-assisted…

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by Firefly Community
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Retailer Next disappoints with NO Changing Places toilet

As an avid campaigner for change for disabled people I am used to rejection.

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by Laura Moore
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Changing Places Closure

The Changing Places toilet located at the Boating Lake in Cleethorpes has been closed.

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by Firefly Community
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Changing Places: My Proudest Achievements

We recently introduced you to 10 famous faces in the world of accessible toilet campaigning.

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by Firefly Community
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Accessible Toilet Campaigners: 10 Famous Faces

The power of the people should never be underestimated.

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by Firefly Community
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Tilgate Park provides Space to Change

Tilgate Park will become a must visit venue for special needs families.

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by Firefly Community
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Swedish home-ware giant provides Space to Change

I'm ridiculously excited by this news even though I don't live anywhere near…

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by Maura 5 Boys
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Space to Change Toilets make great business sense

If you are a regular reader of Firefly blogs you will probably already know the reasons…

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by Laura Moore
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Attract more customers by making ‘Space to Change’

Making better use of existing toilet space could help grow your customer base.

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by Clos-o-Mat
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Space to Change for Portsmouth Port Customers

Well done Portsmouth International Port! It has become one of the most inclusive…

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by Firefly Community
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Space to Change for Cornwall Services

One of Britain’s newest service stations, Cornwall Services is doing…

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