Áras an Uachtaráin unveils new standard in disability access
Date: Thu 26th May, 2016 | 16:42
25 May 2016
New ‘Changing Places’ facilities a first in OPW managed buildings
President Michael D. Higgins has announced that visitors to Áras an Uachtaráin will now have available to them modern facilities inclusive of the needs of all citizens.
Each year, some 20,000 people pass through the formal rooms and gardens at Áras an Uachtaráin which are already fully accessible with step free access. The new ‘Changing Places’ facility ensures that Áras an Uachtaráin leads the way in providing the necessary infrastructure to welcome all visitors.
The principles of inclusion and non-discrimination have been a central theme of President Michael D. Higgins’ work over decades. This commitment to accessibility is manifested in the President’s insistence on ensuring full access to Áras an Uachtaráin.
The new ‘Changing Places’ facilities at Áras an Uachtaráin are the first installed in any building managed by the Office of Public Works.
The toilet and changing facilities - which offer a height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a ceiling track hoist and ample space for carers – are part of a programme of work by the Office of Public Works to ensure Áras an Uachtaráin meets the needs and expectations of the people who use them.