Locked in the bog getting out is in doubt.
Because the fourth world war has just broken out.
If the keys were mechanical you'd know what to do.
Radar keys now so you'll starve in the loo.
You could handle the EMP fucking up your car.
Doors won't open though, things have gone too far.
In a WC at least there's water to drink.
But taps are electronic in the digital clink.
Stuck with the stink and a useless sink.
Stuck with the poo as Hal does the flush too.
At least you're in Westfield with concrete as a shield.
Better chances here than standing in a field.
You don't know the yield just that you're not yet vapour.
Get ready to burn Westfield's really made of paper.
This bastad just straight up saved me. All the toilets in Pompey station LOCKED but I held the KEY so straight into the palatial disabled loo for a leisurely good time. Saved some lady that was desperate for a piss too - I was like never you worry, for I hold the KEY! Feeling like the RADAR hero rn 😎 #radarkey
Today we finally got J’s radar key sorted. It’s basically a key that allows you entry into pretty much all disabled toilets. The reason we got one is simply to minimise the sensory overload that toilets create for J. Toilets are unpredictable. You don’t know how many people will be in there, what noises they’ll make (hand driers are a no-no), how long the wait in that environments going to be and then the lack of danger awareness. By using the disabled toilets it means J has space for his ‘stimming’, he can use the toilet without trying to cover his ears, without trying to hide under my jumper and he doesn’t have to wait. He can dry his hands on tissue (which is a challenge in itself) and then we carry on our day. We won’t need to use the disabled toilet everywhere (some toilets where there’s only two toilets, no handdriers, quiet place with no queue etc). We won’t abuse the radar key. It won’t be lent to friends who just don’t want to queue. It’s a privilege to be able to have access to facilities that will allow J to enjoy days out without the sensory overload stopping him enjoying his day x (PS: J thinks it’s a magic key which opens every door. He was not impressed that it didn’t open the car !)
You may be thinking... bit of a random picture. But this has been a massive win for Lee this week!
So as you know, Lee has multiple disabilities including double incontinence and he often needs to use a disabled toilet at very short notice. Usually this isn't a problem as Lee has a RADAR key so he can unlock and gain access to disabled toilets in shops, restaurants etc.
We often spend time in a local tescos, a large store where we both shop and have meals in the cafe. Their disabled toilet never had a lock, so there was never an access issue. Until around 6 months ago, when a standard lock was fitted. Meaning any disabled person who needed access, had to walk across the entire store (the toilets are located in the furthest back corner), queue up at customer services, wait for a free member of staff to fetch the key, be escorted back across the store to the toilet... whereas any able bodied person could use the regular toilets freely.
Lee spoke to in store management on several occasions to no avail - he then drafted an excellent letter to the store manager outlining that they were in fact breaking the law (several aspects) by putting disabled customers at a disadvantage. His suggestions were to fit a universal radar system or to leave them unlocked ... well 2 days later it has been changed to a radar key system 😎
Three cheers for Lee! #disabilityrights#radarkey#disabledtoilets#tesco#kidney4lee
Heathrow airport terminal 4 (image description: colour photo of toilet with handrail and bin next to it, grey tile floor, one mirrored wall, rest of walls hospital green)
Turning room: Good
Sliding transfer possibilities: Hampered by bin
Rack above toilet: Inspired
Vibes: Clinical, clean
Opportunities to watch yourself pissing: Vast
More signs needed like this one in @sainsburys please 👏
On another note, I went to see Ed Sheeran yesterday & both times I went to the accessible toilet there were people queuing up who thought someone was using it. Turns out they weren't disabled, they were just trying to beat the queue. And it was vacant, they just didn't realise you needed a Radar key to open the door. I'm not one to be preachy, but using the accessible toilet just to beat a long queue at the other toilets isn't cool. Those who genuinely need to use them (and often quickly, if you have a disease like IBD), shouldn't have a prolonged wait just because someone who couldn't be bothered queuing decided to take a short cut. Wait your turn! 🙄 Before I had IBD I never used the accessible toilets out of convenience, I was always respectful of their purpose. If only everyone else thought the same. Needless to say, the stewards kindly asked the other people queuing to step aside so I could go in 😊
Finsbury Square Gardens accessible toilet (image description: Colour photo of white toilet, with stains, handrail, toilet brush, grey lino floor)
Dismal vibes: 7
Impression that the non disabled/hamster toilets are better: 0
Toilet paper/lota: 10
Hot water: 0
Access: Very narrow, minimal turning room, shoddy handrail, no hoist. No obstructions or stupidly placed bins.
Overall rating 4/10
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I’ve got the key, I’ve got the secret 🎶🔑 anyone heard of radar keys?? These keys unlock public disabled toilets throughout the country. Having IBD, you can find yourself in a bit of a rush to use the toilet.... (something I luckily don’t often suffer from, but appreciate that most IBD sufferers do!!) Which can become rather problematic when out in public! Most public disabled toilets are locked to stop non disabled people abusing them, so these radar keys are super helpful for people with our illness. @crohnsandcolitisuk are now giving these keys out for free when you sign up to become a member, that’s how I got mine! You can also buy the keys online at places such as amazon for around £3-£5!! I have not yet had to use mine but it’s great for peace of mind when traveling! #crohnsdisease#radarkey#peaceofmind#lifehacks
I'm waiting for the day that I get a negative comment from a stranger about using the disabled toilets because "I don't look disabled". I'd like to think we live in a society where this doesn't happen, but unfortunately I know so many people with IBD/an ostomy/other invisible illnesses that have experienced it themselves. Now I, for one, hate confrontation. I'd end up freezing on the spot and would probably apologise just to defuse the situation. Something us Brits are renound for (it's our default solution to any interation with a stranger, even if there's no reason to be sorry). .
So I need to think of a rehearsed (non aggressive, rude or impolite), educational response incase that day should ever come. For no other reason than to raise some awareness about invisible disabilities. Any suggestions greatly received 😊
Today is a big day. The post brought my radar key... allowing me access to locked toilets to help manage my condition.
I didn't get one for a long time because i was ashamed of my condition, wanting to hide, and guilty for not being disabled "enough" to justify the key or whatever but now i feel i can move forward.
A Mitrofanoff procedure does entitle you to purchase a radar key so you can use an accessible toilet should you need to. Radar keys work nationally and can be used in any toilet.
To purchase a radar key and see prices go to: www.radarkeys.org
There is also a free app you can download to your mobile phone called ‘Toilocator’ which allows you find the nearest toilet when you’re out and about.
I could not agree with this more 👌🏻 There is just not enough awareness of invisible illnesses. Just because we may ‘look fine’ doesn’t mean we are and people need to realise this. Not every disability is visible. I was so disgusted to witness this ignorance first hand on Saturday while at Euston Station. I had every right to use my Radar key on the disabled toilets and did not expect an elderly gentleman to be stamping his walking stick at me ranting that ‘these are meant to be for disabled people’. I was so angry and mortified that I couldn’t hold my tongue and gave him a piece of my mind! The toilet sign clearly stated that ‘not every disability is visible’ yet some people are too ignorant to recognise this. Nowadays people are far too quick to judge. Every day is a struggle and no one sees the fight we go through, no one knows what’s going on inside our bodies. It’s so cruel how narrow minded people can be. It’s hard enough living a life with an invisible illness, you really don’t know what’s going on inside so please don’t judge 💜 #invisibleillness#ignorance#noteverydisabilityisvisible#invisibleillnessawareness#ibd#crohnsdisease#radarkey#eustonstation @crohnsandcolitisuk
Had a wonderful afternoon catching up with an old school friend. Managed to get all the way into Islington without any hassles. Return journey not as stress-free. Came very close to not making it to the loo at Waterloo after the tube journey, the accessible toilet was in use to had to try to explain to the lady at the normal toilets that I had the money but REALLY needed to be let through. Needed to go again on the train home. Not too much of a problem as I'd already found a seat next to it but when I did use it there was no loo roll. Argh! Luckily I had tissues in my bag but not many AND my stop was coming up in 5 minutes...home safe now and very much enjoying my own *vacant* toilet that has plenty of TP! (Oh, and I had this glorious cheesecake so wasn't a totally awful day!)
Something not geeky this time. Got my 'Can't wait card' and 'radar key' in the post today. Hopefully, I'll not need to use them too often, but so reassuring knowing I have them now.
Thought for the day before you judge ... think 🤐
Saw this post on twitter this morning and simply had to share it. I've lost count at the amount of times I've had comments, criticism, looks and sighs when entering or leaving a disabled toilet . Personally I think it's far ruder to queastion a person as to why they need to use a disabled loo. And I know I'm not alone with this there are so many people that need to access disabled toilets with invisible reasons.
Be kind to people it costs nothing.
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If someone has this on their key ring it's for a reason. The radar key gives access to all disabled toilets .. just because you can't see why they have it doesn't mean they don't need it. Not all disabilities can be seen. #boweldisease#radarkey#nbabowelawareness
**massive long post ahead** Having an invisible illness as an individual is a psychological and physical minefield of obstacles and especially having "embarrassing" flare ups in public places but no access to private toilet facilities. @crohnsandcolitisuk have really revolutionised the way their members can deal with their illnesses by providing them with items such as those pictured above. The last thing you want to do when you're in excruciating pain and desperate for the toilet is use public facilities shared by people who reinforce the supposed stigma surrounding pooing in public and I think especially as a young woman it's important to spread the word regarding invisible illnesses and the stigma surrounding irritable bowel disease. I'm thankful my condition is mild compared to others and treated via daily medication but when my condition does flare up it is just as acceptable for people with IBD to use an accessible toilet as it is for physically disabled people, because in those moments we are also physically unable to share a toilet with others. Massive long post but the jist is I'm so thankful to C&C for providing their members with access to resources such as these. 💖💖 #CrohnsColitisUK#RadarKey#CantWait#IrritableBowelDisease#InvisibleIllnesses#PublicToilets#Stigma
I can't believe after nearly 12 yrs of being diagnosed with UC I've never been a member!! But I now have my pack which includes the "can't wait card" and radar key!! Even though my UC is ok at the minute due to various meds all the extras (anxiety, depression, anaemia, hair loss, infections etc) are still ALWAYS with me!!! This pack is a great support and reminds me I'm far from alone even when I feel it!! #colitis#crohns#sick#sickforlife#lonely#depression#anxiety#poop#chronic#radarkey#noonegetsittiltheygetit !!!! @crohnsandcolitisuk 💜
If you have a health condition or disability, finding an accessible toilet that's clean, tidy and available for you to use can be a challenge; they're also often locked. Under Radar's scheme, special locks are installed on public disabled toilet doors to give disabled people priority access. Owners of the toilets will have their own key but you can also buy your own from Disability Rights UK: http://bit.ly/2lJfhYm