If you are in Kentucky, have you heard of Trayton's Bill? If not, here is an overview:
"Senate Bill 69 & House Bill 332, adult size changing tables / “Trayton’s Bill.”
Both bills address the lack of adult changing tables in bathrooms. Senate Bill 69 was filed by Senator Julie Adams in the Senate, thank you Senator Adams and Rep Gentry for being an amazing advocate for those in need in the community! House Bill 332 is sponsored by Rep Gentry and Rep Nemes in the House. Thank you Rep Gentry and Rep Nemes!
Early on in Trayton’s (TJ) brain injury recovery, we realized the lack of accommodations in the bathroom, specifically the lack of adult changing tables. This is an issue of quality of life, health, and dignity. Many people, including people with brain injuries, Down syndrome, the elderly, nursing home residents, and people with new physical and/or cognitive disabilities will run into this challenge in their lifetime, or someone you love will. This is needed for all our citizens.
From here a team was cultivated and we are committed to seeing the passage of this bill and enactment into Kentucky Law. TJ and the team would love your support on this pertinent health matter. No matter how small this may seem, it matters to people we all know and love.
Please contact your Kentucky State Senator at (800) 372-7181 and ask them to support and sponsor Senate Bill 69. You are also encouraged to contact your Kentucky State Representative at (800) 372-7181 today and ask them to support and sponsor House Bill 332. If you know the name of your State Senator or Representative you may reach them by phone at (502) 564-8100. If you need help finding your legislator, use this free online tool.
The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) has made great strides for the disability community but has fallen short of bringing accessibility to all sectors of life. One of the greatest shortfalls is in the form of universal-sized changing tables in public restrooms.
The ADA mandates that baby changing stations be present in both men’s and women’s restrooms. Babies do not stay babies for long! Most grow up and eventually learn to use regular-sized toilets. The reality, however, is not the same for someone with a disability that requires personal care in the restroom. These people often don’t outgrow the need for a changing table.
If you would like to install a universal-sized changing table, we have several free plans available on the Tale of the Shrinking Toilets website. We also have grant opportunities available that will cover the cost of the table.