A Universal Design approach involves users in the design process from an early stage. It prioritises the involvement of users with the most diverse abilities and characteristics to the greatest extent possible. A Universal Design approach recognises and extends beyond the minimum requirements of the Building Regulations. When planning to provide a Changing Places Toilet, it is always beneficial to engage with end-users and relevant organisations at an early stage, to ensure that the facility will meet the needs and preferences of end-users, as well as the minimum requirements of the Building Regulations.

There are a range of users that could be consulted including:

  • Disabled Persons Organisations 
  • Older Persons Organisations
  • Employee Resource Groups (where a Changing Places Toilet is being provided in a workplace)

Changing Places Ireland and the access officer in the relevant local authority may be able to provide contact information for local organisations.