It has been a very rewarding twelve months sharing my knowledge by assisting in the development of two technical standards. The first was the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Design Standard where I was a co-author. The second was these Changing Places design specifications 2020 where I was the lead author.
Changing Places is very close to my heart having worked with Jack Mulholland, Helen Fearn-Wannan and Francesca Davenport since 2009 when the Australian version of the standard was developed. Our hard work paid off when it was included within the 2019 version of the Building Code of Australia.
Changing Places provide suitable facilities for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. A Changing Places facility allows people with high support needs to fully participate in the community. This may include people with an acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, and motor neurone disease, as well as many other people with a disability.
Changing Places facilities provide:
A few requirements have been added to the Changing Places designs based on key learnings from Changing Places currently in operation. These changes will apply after 1st January 2020. This change will not affect facilities which are accredited or have building approval.
A number of requirements have been added to the Changing Places design options 2020, which are based on key learnings from the Changing Places currently in operation.
These changes will apply from 1 April 2020. This change will not affect facilities which are accredited (as Changing Places) or have obtained building approval prior to 1 April 2020.
Key Changing Places design requirements featured in the latest designs include:
Equal Access Disability Access Consultants has extensive experience in the design and development of Changing Places around Australia and have two registered assessors on staff.
For more details on our consulting services and to see what Changing Places we have consulted on please select the following link Changing Places Consulting Services
Updated AutoCAD and Revit files are available at the following links.
‘Changing Places’ or Accessible Adult Change Facilities would not have been developed in Australia if it were not for one of natures true gentlemen Jack Mulholland from Maroondah City Council. A wonderful, caring and passionate person who back in 2009 thought it was time people with disability, especially those with high support needs should not have to worry about going to the toilet when out.
He attracted the services of three accredited access consultants including myself who shared his passion to start developing a technical standard for ‘Changing Places’ in Australia. After 10 years, multiple standards updates and 132 ‘Changing Places’ later (as of March 2020), there has been a groundswell of acceptance for the need for ‘Changing Places’ culminating with them now being included within the Building Code of Australia 2019.
Thank you, Jack, for your commitment and passion to ‘Changing Places’, it has been a genuine pleasure working with you along the journey.