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?
NAS36609 said:My solution (similar to what Robert has said) is to have a few “safe” places where I know I can go to the toilets and they will be in a pleasant state. Alternatively, I have been known to deliberately not drink anything while I’m out so that I don’t have to go - not recommended but I’d rather that than the anxiety of using a toilet when out.
I have the same approach.
Trainspotter said:I do face another problem with public toilets and that is complete lack of privacy.
I experience the same. This is a huge problem for me in public same sex toilets.
Lonewarrior said:Also I never use urinals as They give no privacy at all.
Lonewarrior said:I expect to do what all humans have to do with privacy and a level of cleanliness.
The same here.
I would feel extremely uncomfortable in ones like these.
Especially, if someone else could come in at any time.
I feel very vulnerable in toilets.
I do not understand why people like to write rude things or graffiti on the walls. This is so upsetting. I like nice walls.
Thank you for letting me know about the potential problems in India. This is a good advice and very helpful for me to know.