‘2P or not 2P’

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‘2P or not 2P’ – that may be the question when deciding on a night out  5th December

Most of us are in the fortunate position of being able to take using the loo for granted when we are enjoying a night out. For a person with a physical disability, though, the availability of accessible toilets is often the deciding factor when deciding on a venue, whether over Christmas or anytime of the year.

And while many venues have accessible toilets, a new initiative by Dublin City Community Forum’s Disability Focus Group aims to improve things. Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn will launch their new leaflet ‘People with disabilities need 2P2’ at 2pm on Friday 6th December in the Training Rooms, Block 3, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The group, which is facilitated by Dublin City Council, will distribute leaflets to the business and hospitality sectors in the next few weeks.

“This leaflet outlines eight recommendations that the hospitality industry needs to consider when providing accessible toilets. These include the size of the toilets, the positioning of handrails, colour contrast and good housekeeping tips to keep areas clear. Having accessible toilets can make all the difference when people with disabilities, their families and friends  pick a venue to socialise in so there is a good business case for this”, says Lord Mayor Quinn.

The Disability Focus Group identified the need to produce the leaflet to highlight ‘best practice’ points for accessible toilets in Dublin city. It’s designed to raise awareness and provide guidance on designing and building accessible toilets to the highest standards. It was prepared in consultation with people who have disabilities and organisations including the Irish Wheelchair Association and The National Council for the Blind in Ireland.

“The Disability Focus Group has a quirky way of raising awareness about accessibility through its use of alternative media. This new cartoon style brochure highlights important issues in a humorous way and identifies eight Good Practice Points that when adhered to will ensure an accessible public toilet is properly designed and fit for purpose”, says Carmel McCarthy Dublin City Community Forum Co-ordinator.

For further information about the Dublin City Community Forum Disability Focus Group or to request a ‘2P2 Brochure’ please email community.forum@dublincity.ie or visit Community and Social Development Services Unit at www.dublincity.ie

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For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170

https://twitter.com/DubCityCouncil         www.facebook.com/DublinCityCouncil

Carmel McCartney Dublin City Community Forum Co-ordinator on 01 222 3259 or email community.forum@dublincity.ie

Notes to the Editor

According to the Central Statistics Office a total of 595,335 persons, accounting for 13 per cent of the population, had a disability in April 2011. Of these 289,728 (48.7%) were male while 305,607 (51.3%) were female.

The eight good Practice Points for Accessible WCs

  • Recommended best practice size of an Accessible WC cubicle for independent use is 1800 x 2500mm with the door opening out or 1800 x 2800mm if the door opens in. When the door opens inwards it has to be located on a short wall
  • Keep the transfer space between the opposite wall and the WC bowl clear – this is not a storage location for bins
  • Height of WC bowl to be between 460-480mm
  • Grab rails to be located as indicated on Irish Wheelchair Association Best Practice Access Guidelines www.iwa.ie
  • Manage the WC cubicle – keep clean, no bins in transfer space, no storage of equipment within the accessible WC
  • Colour contrasting between walls and toilet, sink, handrails and other fittings is useful for people who have a visual impairment
  • Keep the WC unlocked
  • Keep baby changing facilities in another location – best not in the accessible WC cubicle

A Voice for Community & Voluntary Groups in Dublin City

The Dublin City Community Forum is a non-political platform for community and voluntary organisations to exchange information share experience and work collectively to voice common issues and concerns relating to the economic, social and cultural development of Dublin City.

Membership is open to all community and voluntary groups based in Dublin City working on a voluntary, co-operative or not-for-profit basis. Groups represent residents, youth, integration, childcare, disabled, environment, sports, recreation, arts, heritage, community media and older people.

Dublin City Community Forum established a number of thematic groups, which focus on areas of particular interest to our members. The Focus Groups act as sub-committees of the Dublin City Community Forum and meet around citywide issues as opposed to local issues. Members can choose to join or set up a particular Focus Group covering their area of interest.

Disability Focus Group: Main objectives

  • To raise awareness of disability related issues and concerns within Dublin City.
  • To promote the development of policies, strategies and ways of working that show best practice in the inclusion of the requirement of all people, including disabled people, in the work of statutory, community and voluntary organisations within Dublin City.
  • To develop and maintain membership of the Disability Focus Group.
  • To promote consultation with, and involvement of, people with disabilities in the roll out of the Development Strategy for Dublin City.
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