A statewide effort that began in Tuscaloosa is gathering support from residents in its quest to put adequate changing facilities in public bathrooms for those with special needs.

Changing Spaces Alabama‘s mission is promoting inclusion, access and equality for people with disabilities who cannot safely use standard handicapped toilets in public spaces.

Changing Spaces Administrator Glynda Arnold said that unless you’ve had a loved one with a disability, it’s probably not something you’ve even thought about.

Her 9-year-old grandson, Brady, weighs more than 50 pounds and has outgrown the baby changing tables common in public restrooms. Arnold said having adult changing tables or a family access room in public facilities would create a more normal life for families everywhere.

“(Those with special needs) have the right for a private, decent, adequately equipped bathroom to be changed with dignity,” she said.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Changing Spaces Alabama effort, you can reach out to Arnold through the organization’s Facebook page, email her at, or call 205-799-9789.


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