National Key Scheme – the disability network
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.
People with a Urostomy are entitled to a key which will open 9,000+ locked toilets around the UK. Keys can also be purchased for £4.50 from Disability Rights UK directly, phone: 020 7250 8191 or visit www.disabilityrightsuk.org.
Disability Rights UK also publish regional guides which lists all the NKS toilets throughout different regions in the UK.
We have had reports from members of verbal abuse when using Disabled toilets. This seems to be due to the fact that we do not look disabled. Any such occurrences should be reported to National Office so we can monitor the problem.
The Urostomy Association also provides a ID card, for using a disabled toilet. Please contact Hazel Pixley at National Office for further details.