Blue Badge Style is on a mission to improve the social life of people with disabilities by rating bars, restaurants and hotels for their style, accessibility and facilities. The founder, Fiona Jarvis, says the key to getting out is knowing what to expect before you arrive somewhere; knowing you can not only have a drink, but use the loo too.
Unfortunately, too often Fiona arrives to find the so-called ‘disabled toilet’ is being used as an extra storage room. It’s full of boxes of beer, spare chairs or signage. This is probably just thoughtlessness; restaurants and bars are always pressed for space and if the loo doesn’t get used very much, the space is likely to be requisitioned.
But our words nerds think that behind the thoughtlessness may be a language problem. There’s something about ‘disabled toilet’ which sounds broken and not something a guest would use. Read More