RADAR keys: access to locked public toilets
Having a RADAR key allows disabled people to open locked accessible toilets all over the UK. If you have mobility problems and plan to go on day trips or longer travels, getting one in advance is a very good idea.
Disabled toilets are commonplace and certain premises (including restaurants) are required to have them by law, but often they are kept locked to ensure they can only be used by people who need them. This can become a problem if a member of staff is not on hand with the key when you need it.
How to get a RADAR key
The RADAR National Key Scheme (NKS) was designed to address this problem. You can order a RADAR key from a number of organisations and retailers, including the Disability Rights UK website and the Blue Badge Company.
There will be a small charge for purchasing a key, which should include the cost of delivery. If you are registered as disabled, you should be able to buy one VAT-free.
How to find an accessible toilet
To find out if there are any RADAR toilets near your travel destination, you can use the Great British Public Toilet Map website.
Changing Places toilets offer additional equipment and facilities, over and above a standard accessible toilet. They are designed to allow people with more complex disabilities to use the toilets safely and comfortably. Use the Changing Places map to locate a toilet near you.
A RADAR key will not work abroad, however there is a similar scheme in operation in parts of Europe called the Eurokey. Like a RADAR key, this allows you to use accessible toilets. For more information, or to order a Eurokey, contact CBF Darmstadt, the organisation that runs the scheme. You may find it useful to use Google translate as the website is in German.
The Eurokey is considerably more expensive than a RADAR key.
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