I have had a 'Radar' National Key Scheme key for some time.
I find public toilets impossible, they are smelly and unhygeinic with wet (urine) soaked floors, rudimentary handwashing facilities, and only slightly better than wetting myself. I will only use one when absolutely desperate. I therefore thought that as I was Autistic I would get a key so I could use the 'disabled' toilet.
Problem is, I cannot bring myself to use it. I do not have a wheelchair or have physical problems using a 'normal' toilet. The problems I have are a mental aversion. On the odd occasion I have used the 'disabled' toilet (what a strange name, it is not the toilet that is disabled, it works perfectly!) it is because the normal one is out of use. And it has always been a lot cleaner and more pleasant.
So should I just grit my teeth and bear the normal toilets? Or should I ignore the (perceived) thoughts of those who think I should not use the disabled toilet. Or is it the case I should not use the disabled toilet at all as they are only intended for those who are physically disabled?
In our local Morrison supermarket the disabled toilet door has a big sign on it that says “ Not all disabilities can be seen”.
I use disabled toilets often, I have no trouble doing so, the other toilets are wrecked normally, Sainsbury have zero flush urinals and they smell disgusting,
If I am in a supermarket and there facilities are not good I will use the facilities that are good,i treat them with respect. I am a human being just like anyone with a disability is,
Also I never use urinals as They give no privacy at all.
I expect to do what all humans have to do with privacy and a level of cleanliness.
Also if a disabled toilet becomes unusable would it be ok to judge a disabled person for using non disabled toilets,? they would be stopping a non disabled person by doing so.
I wish all beings could just share and be more tolerant instead of always trying to be judgemental.
The regulars on this site know me as the guy who photographs everything.
Including public toilets
I came across these disgusting ones on my travels.
I would suggest you ignore your own thoughts. Leave other people free to have their own thoughts and use the toilet for disabled people. Or are you saying you can actually hear the thoughts of others? And that’s why you have to consider ignoring them??
Under the social model of disability, which replaced the medical model, we are disabled so you therefore have a legitimate right to use the toilet. You can use it with a clear conscious.
One thing though. Don’t go to India. You would never survive their toilets. Not without a considerable amount of effort.
I experience similar problems.
I feel extremely uncomfortable and unsafe in same sex public toilets.
They are also smelly and unhygienic with wet (urine) soaked floors, rudimentary hand washing facilities.
I would also almost say that they are only slightly better than wetting myself.
I also feel embarrassed to use the Radar scheme, but this scheme is very helpful for me.
I also like everything to be clean.
I always clean everything after myself and leave the place in the best condition as I can.
Robert123 said:Being seen coming out of disabled toilets when you don't have a visible physical disability can be embarrassing.
I experience this and I am trying to deal with this inside me.