More inclusive to spend money building more disability toilets

My son is slightly autistic. He has the maturity of a five-year-old, although he is eight.

I cannot take him to the female toilet with me now, as he is too old. But I would be irresponsible if I were to let him use the male toilet by himself, as I would be unnecessarily exposing him to dangers.

That is why I have been asking him to use disability toilets whenever we shop.

While I applaud Jurong Point shopping centre for taking the needs of people with physical disabilities into consideration, it is creating a barrier for me and for other families with special needs children ("Tap-in to use toilet for the disabled"; Aug 28, and "Allow special needs kids to use disability toilets" by Mrs Hong Wai Yee; Tuesday).

Instead of spending $100,000 to introduce unfriendly barriers by restricting the use of disability toilets, why not use the money more constructively and provide more of such toilets, and step up educating the public not to use these facilities if they do not have disabilities, physical or otherwise?

It would be a much more inclusive initiative.

Sabrina Lee (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2015, with the headline 'More inclusive to spend money building more disability toilets'. Print Edition | Subscribe