The one about the toilet

All that talk about toileting and bodily functions reminded me of the Radar key.

 

For those that don’t know The National Key Scheme (NKS), previously known as the Royal Association for Disability Rights (RADAR) Scheme, was developed because some public toilets designed for disabled people had to be locked to prevent damage and misuse.

 

For those that don’t know The National Key Scheme (NKS), previously known as the Royal Association for Disability Rights (RADAR) Scheme, was developed because some public toilets designed for disabled people had to be locked to prevent damage and misuse.

It is a large, conspicuous, silver-coloured key that opens more than 9,000 accessible toilets in the UK like magic.

 

A couple of weeks back we had a rather exciting day out which involved party like food and party like excitement. Parents of Type 1 will know that anything “party like” brings on unimaginable panic and the feeling that you’ve lost control and your now ten steps behind instead of a few steps ahead!

 

So there we were in our party like environment and Arlo who is manic with high sugar levels needs to pee. We are in Selfridges at peak Christmas shopping time and the queues to the toilet are out the door on every level. We struggled to find somebody to open one of the disabled toilets which would have been ideal for us. Luckily Arlo didn’t have an accident and we managed to get to a toilet next to a cafe and stayed put until levels were corrected and the risk of toilet accidents was no longer an issue.

 

When I was relaying the story back to a friend she mentioned the RADAR key. I had never heard of these keys and upon doing some research kicked myself that had we had one of these keys the scenario that had happened a couple of weeks back would have been much more easier to manage.

 

 

Please click on link below for more information on the RADAR scheme.

https://crm.disabilityrightsuk.org/radar-nks-key

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-22602836

 

 

 

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