Use of disability toilets: Short wait shouldn't be a major difficulty

In his letter ("Use of disability toilets: Able-bodied should not add to difficulties"; Sept 8), Mr Terence Lim said that the probability of a disability toilet being already occupied by a legitimate user when a wheelchair user arrives is significantly lower.

Here, it is clear that this scenario is still a possibility, and a valid one.

By highlighting the low probability of disability toilets being occupied by legitimate users, the writer is also acknowledging that such facilities are, indeed, currently underused.

He also said that those with disabilities already face difficulties in other aspects of life, therefore, we should accord them privileges in the use of disability toilets.

I agree that we must not be ignorant of the difficulties faced by people with disabilities.

Therefore, we should be focusing on helping them in areas where they do, indeed, have difficulties getting around, such as building ramps at places where there are stairs.

However, in maximising the use of disability toilets, the only difficulty a wheelchair user would face would be a short wait if the toilet is occupied, since the social compact is for the public to still accord wheelchair users priority should they need to use the toilet.

This doesn't seem to be too great a difficulty, especially when compared with those who have a sudden, unexpected urgent need, or those who have special, invisible needs ("Allow special needs kids to use disability toilets" by Mrs Hong Wai Yee; Sept 8).

Again, priority must be given to wheelchair users, but if none is around, non-wheelchair users in need should be able to use these facilities.

Wong Boon Hong

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