Be inclusive, but gracious, in use of toilets

Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills has argued for disability toilets to be reserved for use by those with disabilities, as a way to reduce the number of barriers disabled people have to face in society ("Disability toilets more about lowering barriers"; Sept 3).

She added that those with disabilities should not have to wait to use such toilets, which may be occupied by an able-bodied person.

However, Mr Wong Boon Hong pointed out that if a disability toilet is occupied by a legitimate user, the wheelchair user waiting outside would also have to wait his turn, as do able-bodied people using conventional toilets ("Tackle misuse of disability toilets at its root"; Sept 5).

It would be good for a new social compact to be made between disabled people and the able-bodied, when it comes to toilet use. Would both sides be open to some waiting?

Those with disabilities and able-bodied people belong to the same community.

To optimise the use of resources, we should allow disability toilets to be used by members of the public if no wheelchair user needs to use it.

But when a wheelchair user shows up, he must be given priority.

Education is vital to prevent misuse, and people must be taught that they have to give way to a wheelchair user who needs the toilet.

Let's all move towards sharing public facilities in a gracious and inclusive way.

Teo Mee Hong (Ms)