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Adult-Size Changing Tables: The Need Given Little Attention Until Now

Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 18:55:00-05

TULSA, Okla. — Disabilities come with challenges. Parents and caregivers are now fighting to ease of one of them. They are pushing to require adult-sized changing tables in buildings across the state.

Oklahoma House Bill 3952 would require all public buildings constructed after January 1, 2021 to have at least one universal changing station.

Lisa Turner, a mom of an 18-year-old living with epilepsy and cerebral palsy, says, "This law would enable us to have a better quality of life for her and actually be engaged in the community, just like we all want to be."

For Turner, something as simple as a trip to the store can be a big challenge.

"I can take her to an accessible restroom, and I can try to help her while she's standing up, but it's very challenging. A restroom isn't somewhere where you want to struggle with standing up and other needs."

The bill will be heard by lawmakers Wednesday. It is already in effect in Arizona, New Hampshire, and California. It is also being considered in Pennsylvania and Georgia.

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