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Be sure to catch our NEW interview coming up on 7/25 at 7pm (cst), as we get ready for Changing Spaces Campaign Awareness Day on July 26th!
Episode 73 Of The On-Air Advocate
Original airdate: September 14, 2018
Host: Tammy Flynn, Connect with Tammy on Facebook @theonairadvocate.
Guests: Christina, Gina, Kisha, Paula, Sarah, a group of moms all with children with various disabilities.
Topic: The Fight For Adult-Size Changing Tables All Across America
The Fight For Adult-Size Changing Tables All Across America
These moms are united in their mission to get people, businesses within their communities to acknowledge that having adult-sized changing tables is not only a necessity, but could benefit to their businesses, and organizations by making this simple addition. These moms are very passionate, and determined to see this issue taken into consideration, and integrated within society, and the general public.
Further guest info:
Christina has a son with autism and a sensory processing disorder. She runs the facebook page Love, Hope and Autism, as well as, a public Facebook group called, Changing Spaces Pennsylvania. You can also search Christina’s Facebook, Changing Spaces PA and request to join, Paula has a teenage daughter with cerebral Palsy who uses a wheelchair. She lives in GA. Sarah has teenage son who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair. Her son also has a chromosome disorder. She lives in Wisconsin. Gina has a teenage son with severe autism and lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Kisha has a teenage son with severe Cerebral Palsy, is non-verbal, uses a wheelchair, and lives in GA. She also began a petition with change.org to bring more awareness to this issue. Kesha has a teenage son with severe Cerebral Palsy, uses a wheelchair, and lives in GA.
Kisha has also spear-headed the online Campaign called, Changing Spaces Campaign which has gone national, and has an active social media presence. At the time of the interview, there were currently 19 states involved with Kisha’s National Campaign. She is also working the political arena with a bill called, the senate bill 53. The goal of this bill is to actively pursue federal legislative. The overall goal for this phenomenal group of moms is spreading as much awareness as they possibly can about this issue. Showing society and the general public how invaluable it truly is to have powered adult-size tables more accessible in the general public.
Obstacles Those In Need Are Currently Facing
• The lack of bathroom accommodations.
• All states recognizing the need for adult-size changing tables.
• Limited time out with their families, going home early.
• Basic Human Dignity & having a Clean/Safe environment for their loved one
• The inability to access the use of adult-size changing tables in public areas.
• Having more support and acceptance within the general public and our communities.
Shoutouts to the following people/place who have taken part in the fight for adult-size changing tables.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center
The Center Of Advance Pediatrics
The United Kingdom’s Chapter Of The Changing Spaces campaign
Christina’s shout outs
Children’s Hospital, located on the 3rd floor in Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh National Airport, adding a sensory room as well. (At the time of this episode this was only in talks.) Please Connect with Christa for updates since the airing of this episode.
Discovery World, located in Milwaukee
The Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis, WI
To mom’s, Angelina Jackson and Pauline Shaw, special needs moms fighting for changing tables in a brand new baseball field for the team, FarmingHam Navigators. Located in Georgia.
Sabrina Kimball, creator of the campaign, Universal Changing Places Organization, She is located in FL.
How to get involved, and where to find help and resources
Kisha suggests by word of mouth and starting a conversation.
You can also connect with Kisha’s campaign, Changing Spaces, a national campaign. She’ll help you with finding resources in your state.
Website: ChangingSpacesCampaign.com (website is currently down)
Facebook: Changing Spaces Campaign
Tammy’s Final Thoughts
You can also watch the full length video on this topic here:
Or you can check out the podcast topic episode here: