Chicago’s O’Hare airport has been getting some bad press lately, with the recent United wheelchair incident; however there’s also some good access news coming out of the Windy City’s popular airport.
A new Changing Places restroom recently opened up in Terminal 2. If you’ve never heard of Changing Places, that’s because it’s basically a British concept. Changing Places restrooms are high needs restrooms, complete with electric hoists and changing tables that are located in airports and other public venues across the UK. And the handy Changing Places website lists their locations, which is something to keep in mind if you plan to travel to the UK.
But the O’Hare model is the first one in the US. The 110-square-foot family restroom features an adjustable adult changing table, an electric hoist, a roll-in shower, a transfer-type shower and an accessible toilet and sink. There’s room enough for even the largest wheelchair or scooter, and if you have a long layover, you can even take a shower. And you never know, this bathroom may even be more accessible than the one you find at your hotel.
The new restroom was designed with input from the new Airport Advisory Committee, which includes 10 government and advocacy groups.
And who knows, you may see more Changing Places restrooms popping up across the country. After all, it only takes one, to start the ball rolling.
Time will tell.