Disabled Toilet Inaccessible to Blind People

I walked out of my office a few minutes ago at the same time as one of our able-bodied engineers. He went into the disabled toilet just outside the door, whilst I went to the ladies’ a floor below. I fell to pondering the irony of this situation!

I haven’t used that disabled toilet for some time as the last time I did, I came up with a bit of a snag. Opening the door relies on the use of a swipe card which is fine, we all carry them. However, locking the door seems to rely on being able to see a red/green/blue, whatever colour light! I never managed to work out how to lock the door behind me. The only time I used the toilet, I was burst in upon! Fortunately it was while I was washing my hands so no embarrassment.

So, my able-bodied colleagues will continue to use a facility which should be available to me, and should not be available to them!

Doubly ironic, considering the general attitude of sighted people towards blind people and steps! I have to walk down 28 of them and back up 28 of them, every time I need to use the toilet! At least I’ll maybe stay a bit fitter!

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About Mel Griffiths

I live and work in Nottingham, England and am blind. This blog is often centred around things that happen to me because of being blind. This is my space to write and sometimes people will disagree with what I write, but its the one place I have in which to be frank and honest. I also like to reflect on the funnier side of life from time to time.
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