The National Key Scheme (NKS), previously known as the Royal Association for Disability Rights (RADAR) Scheme, was developed because some public toilets designed for disabled people had to be locked to prevent damage and misuse. This has been countered by their being locked separately from other toilets. The scheme aims to provide disabled key holders with independent access to the toilets provided for them and increases the likelihood of the facilities being in a usable state.
In addition to public conveniences, toilets for disabled people are provided by a wide range of other public, voluntary and commercial organisations who have joined the scheme, and facilities can now be found in shopping centres, country parks, railway and bus stations, bars, motorway service areas and sports venues. Some local councils will provide this key free, or for a small charge.
Colostomates are entitled to a key which will open 9,000+ locked toilets around the UK. Keys can be obtained at a cost of £3.50 from the Colostomy Association (Head Office). To ensure that we comply with the National Key Scheme rules, we require you to complete a declaration form to confirm that you are eligible for a key prior to issue, if you would like to know more, please phone: 0118 939 1537.
The Colostomy Association are also offering an optional photo ID card for those who would like to support their use of the key. The wording on the card states: “The cardholder has a medical condition and needs urgent access to disabled facilities”. This new photo ID card has been endorsed by Disability Rights UK and will bear only their logo. To obtain a photo ID card at a cost of £6.50, please download the declaration form above. These photo ID cards are only available through the CA.
Keys can also be purchased for £4.50 from Disability Rights UK directly, phone: 020 7250 8181 or visit www.disabilityrightsuk.org Disability Rights UK also publish guides for specific areas which lists all the NKS toilets throughout that area. Please note photo ID cards are not available through Disability Rights UK.
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