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Universal Changing Tables

A world without universal changing spaces is like a world with shrinking toilets.

Imagine having to "go," and you open the stall door to find a tiny training toilet designed for a toddler. ("There's no way I'm gonna fit on that!" you think. "Ugh, and it's so close to the nasty bathroom floor... Who designed this thing?")

And yet... that's what parents and caretakers of people with disabilities frequently encounter when needing to assist a family member in the bathroom. Instead, they're left with unclean floors and barely enough space to meet basic needs that we often taken for granted.

People deserve better. We need to do better. We need universal change. That's what our book, The Tale of The Shrinking Toilets, is all about.
The Tale of The Shrinking Toilets Book Summary:

Toilets everywhere are shrinking, and it's no accident.

On February 2nd, “Two-Two Day” as it would become known by, something unthinkable happened. All the toilets in public restrooms mysteriously shrank to miniature size! The chaos that ensued was unsettling. Find out what happens next in “The Tale of the Shrinking Toilets!”
Tale of the Shrinking Toilets
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The Universal Changing Table Initiative

We won't stop with the "potty talk."

(Until every church has a universal changing space.)
Why does my church need a universal changing table?
99% of pastors agree that their church should strive to be more accessible (even where it's not required by ADA). Not being able to comfortably, cleanly, and privately change a teen or adult family member in a bathroom can create a significant barrier to attending church.

Among a variety of other reasons, not having a place to take care of basic toileting/changing needs contributes to people and families with disabilities being 40% more likely not to attend church than others.
Aren't universal changing tables expensive?
Depending on your perspective, possibly, yes. However, we'd challenge you by framing the question differently: Are front doors expensive? Is a reception desk expensive? Are a sound system or lighting expensive? Are roadside and indoor signage expensive? Are kids ministry check-in computers and tablets expensive?

Many churches have these things and don't hesitate on spending the money. We rarely consider them a lavish expense, because they are vitally important to providing a more safe, helpful, and accessible environment for all the people in our churches.

Imagine how a family, who may frequently encounter frustrating or possibly embarrassing situations even in huge public and corporate restaurants, stores, and spaces would feel discovering out your church sees and understands this real need.

Ability Ministry's Shrinking Toilets Project even helps provide grants for churches who purchase the equipment or build their own universal changing tables. Visit the Shrinking Toilets site to learn more
Isn't being ADA compliant enough?
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.
What can I do to get involved?
Three easy ways you can get started: 1) Read the book. 2) Share the book on social media. 3) Share the book with your church's leadership.

Not sure what to do next? We offer free consultation to support ministries, whether that's universal changing tables or anything related to disability in church.

Because Jesus' table is accessible for everyone...

We desire to see the Church make room for all people affected by disability. To fully participate. To fully partner. To fully lead.

We exist to equip and empower the 25% of the population with a disability, their families, and their churches to become who God has created them to be.
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