PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- It's something many people have never thought of - where do parents of adults with special needs change their diapers when they go out? One Arizona mom wants a bill requiring adult changing tables in public restrooms.

A bill that would require all renovations and new builds to include a baby changing station in restrooms has already been introduced, but Marianne Scott, of Tucson, does not think that goes far enough.

"Every day when we leave our home, one of the things I have to consider is where in the world am I going to take care of her bathroom needs," said Scott, speaking about her 17-year-old daughter, Maycee, who has cerebral palsy.

Adults with special needs require special areas to take care of personal care.

Marianne Scott, of Tucson, has a 17-year-old daughter, Maycee, who has cerebral palsy.

"She has so many things she loves, like restaurants," Scott said. Dancing, riding her bike, and riding horses are also some of Maycee's favorite things to do. Maycee wears a diaper.

"Maycee's incontinent, meaning she is still in a diaper," Scott said. Most restrooms only have changing tables for babies.

"I will bring plastic store throwaway tablecloth," Scott said. "And you lay the tablecloth down on a dirty gross floor and you lay her down."

"It's dehumanizing, it's deplorable, it's not sanitary," Scott added.

Phoenix Sky Harbor has now added adult changing tables to every terminal. Scott wants to see more places follow their lead. She and other advocates have taken to Facebook  to garner support.

"People not only in Arizona have commented and said, holy cow, get it passed in your state so my state can join on board," Scott said. "I challenge Arizona, I say come on Arizona, lets get our society to go chase dignity."

The sponsor of the Senate Bill requiring baby changing stations is already on board. Scott needs the sponsor of the identical House Bill to also amend the language, and the Health and Human Services committee would need to take it up as well.

Award-winning journalist Lindsey Reiser is a regular contributor in the evenings on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.
 
 


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MoDEMom

I can fully appreciate these concerns. We have been working on the same issue in Missouri. We have gotten our state Capitol to put in a family restroom with an adult sized changing table. We haven't started a legislative push, but I know that we have talked to an Assemblyman in NY and he has legislation there started. We created RestroomMap.com so people could locate and help others locate fully accessible restrooms near them. Our goal is to turn this website into an app so it is easier to use. Restroom accessibility makes communities more inclusive. Keep up the push!

Shredder

Here's an unpopular idea... stay home.

nuusmaan

I had never thought about this before. We're all getting older (not you, Wazoolie). This would be very tough to accommodate in most existing buildings. The article mentions restaurants, in particular. Seems like they'd have to lose some tables to add a room for this purpose.

Wazoolie

So restuarants will have to pay millions in remodeling? And then pass those costs onto all the rest os customers? I call BS on that idea!

redboyds

Millions of dollars? Get real, No one is making you go out to eat, What's up, you single and can't care for yourself? Are you so incompetent that you are not able to make your own food at home so you won't have to go out and spend that extra buck for eating out?

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