Changing Places everywhere

142504'Declan Carney-Anderson with his mum Sarah.Declan has started an online campaign petitioning Eric Pickles MP to debate for proper changing facilities to provided in public places for people with profound disabilities.'Picture by Neil Silk'16/06/14

142504'Declan Carney-Anderson with his mum Sarah.Declan has started an online campaign petitioning Eric Pickles MP to debate for proper changing facilities to provided in public places for people with profound disabilities.'Picture by Neil Silk'16/06/14

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A Scarborough family are using their personal experiences to press the Government to provide better facilities for disabled families.

Declan Carney-Anderson was born with a unique chromosome disorder which has left him with severe disabilities and he spent the majority of his early life in hospital.

Now at the age of 12 the Springhead School pupil is living a more mobile and active lifestyle but the lack of proper facilities for older children with disabilities is proving a major headache for his parents, Sarah and Craig.

They have started a petition to get MP Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, to change the law to ensure attractions and restaurants have to provide better toilets and changing places for older children and adults.
So far more than 500 people have signed up.

Mrs Carney-Anderson, of Crossgates, told the Scarborough News: “Declan has overcome a lot in his life and is now quite mobile and can walk using sticks, but he does suffer from incontinence and can’t always make it to the toilets on time when we are out.

“Most places just have a metal bar and that’s it, often changing tables are bits of plastic designed for babies or toddlers. They are just not fit for purpose. It has opened my eyes as to how little people with disabilities are really thought about and their basic human rights. We want Declan to be able to live as normal life as possible.

“Hopefully Declan’s story will inspire people to sign the petition and help us reach our goal.

“Then hopefully Mr Pickles will have no choice but to listen.”

The campaign has started a Facebook page to promote their cause and to link to the petition.

Search ‘Pickes#change debate’ on Facebook for more information on the campaign.