When we enter a public restroom, we don’t think twice anymore about seeing a changing table or two folded into the wall and waiting for you to put your infant on it and clean up the mess that was made.
But infants and toddlers aren’t the only ones who have to wear diapers.
A number of people with different developmental disabilities are forced to wear diapers because though they may be in the body of an eight, eighteen or a twenty-eight-year-old, but inside their head is the brain of an eighteen-month-old.
And eighteen-month-olds wear diapers.
Imagine being a parent of a child that’s too big for a conventional diaper changing table and having to take them into the restroom at Walmart, a sporting event or the mall to change their diaper.
Where do you find a clean, discreet place to change that child? The answer is, right now you don’t.
You may think this is a bit absurd, but it’s a basic human need and no matter what type of brain in whatever type of body, everyone has a right to have their basic human needs met.
In Arizona, someone is doing something about that. State Rep Richard Andrada has sponsored Bill 2529 because it seemed to be, as he called it, a “no brainer.”
The bill received great support from both sides of the aisle, however, Republican Anthony Kern, the chair of the rules committee, doesn’t like the bill and he’s the one who decides which bills move forward and which ones don’t.
That’s not good.
Before we go any further, if you live in Arizona, please contact Rep. Kern and put pressure on him by letting know that this is a needed service in the disabled community. You can also contact your local legislator to talk to Kern.
Here is Rep. Anthony Kern’s contact info.
602-396-3102 [email protected]
I often wonder if people who oppose legislation such as this bill would feel different if they had a child or family member who desperately needed the service in the bill. My guess would be yes, but we’ll really never know.
Keep an eye on this one because if it passes in Arizona that makes way for other states to pass similar legislation, giving those who need it the proper accommodations to take care of one of their most basic human needs.
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