Airport Contest

Advocacy Groups Announce $10K Competition for Design of Best Airport Disability Restroom

Airport contest

Advocacy Groups Announce $10K Competition for Design of Best Airport Disability Restroom

A consortium of suppliers and disability advocacy movements - including the Open Doors Organization and the Changing Spaces Initiative - is hosting a design competition for disability restrooms in airports. The competition is open to airports who wish to submit concepts that highlight the following: 1) efficient use of disability restroom space including wheelchair turning radii, and 2) effective incorporation of adult size, height-adjustable changing tables. Submittals must be under construction before the end of 2018.

Objectives and Evaluation Criteria

The main objectives of the competition are to recognize and celebrate design originality and excellence in conceptualizing safe, effective and efficient disability restroom solutions for Airports.   Organizers intend that the winning entries will serve as a benchmark for future airport disability design projects. Entries will be evaluated on the basis of effectiveness in satisfying the sanitary changing requirements of disabled individuals in designated airport “Changing Spaces” restrooms. These restrooms are being constructed to provide a safe, comfortable and efficient sanitary changing experience for disabled adults who are in transit.

About the “Changing Spaces” Advocacy Movement

Historically, in airports and other public venues, caregivers have had no other recourse than to lower their loved ones onto the floor of a restroom and kneel down beside them in order to perform a basic change of underclothing. However, approximately ten years ago an advocacy group was formed in Europe to push for safer and more user-friendly solutions called “Changing Places” in public transit areas. 
More recently, a spin-off advocacy movement has formed in North America. Called, “Changing Spaces,” this and similar groups have been campaigning to install changing facilities in places such as airports where disabled people are frequently in transit. One objective of these campaigns is to solicit the participation and active support of relevant state and federal disability agencies. Another objective is to heighten awareness of the “changing spaces” campaign among both disabled individuals and their caregivers. In particular, focus is on airports, stadiums, concert halls, rail stations, schools, hospitals and related facilities. The announced competition cites airports as logical places to demonstrate and prove the benefits of incorporating specialized changing facilities for disabled individuals who wish to travel.



Prizes & Sponsors


First Prize – $10,000 to the winning airport – Sponsored by Open Doors Organization 

Second Prize – Powered Adult Size Changing Table (Model 2000) – Sponsored by Pressalit Care North America and MaxAbility 

Third Prize - $500 toward purchase of Changing Spaces equipment – Sponsored by Changing Spaces Initiative


Open Doors Organization Logo

Open Doors Organization (ODO), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 2000 for the purpose of creating a society in which all persons with disabilities have the same consumer opportunities as everyone else. We aspire to teach businesses how to succeed in the disability market, while simultaneously empowering the disability community.

In America today, marketing toward people with disabilities is hindered by myths and misconceptions. Through comprehensive research, training, and guidance in marketing strategies, ADA compliance and customer service, ODO gives large corporations and small businesses alike the tools they need to reach and serve the disability market.

ODO is committed to providing educational seminars and diversity programs that improve the quality of life for the individual with a disability while opening doors to businesses and society. Through social action and research, ODO seeks to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Changing Spaces Logo

Changing Spaces Georgia Chapter

We are a parent-led advocacy group inspired by Changing Places UK who seek to promote community inclusion by raising awareness around the need for adult-sized changing tables and lifts for persons with physical disabilities and limited access to proper restrooms supports.

Pressalit Care Logo

Pressalit Care is part of the Pressalit Group, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of bathroom and kitchen solutions for people with disabilities including Powered Adult Changing Tables for use in Public Restrooms.

Max-Ability Logo

Max-Ability is a nationwide distributor of Pressalit Powered Adult and Changing Changing Tables

We provide long-term accessibility solutions for anyone with mobility concerns. Whether you’re creating a safe environment for aging parents, a special needs child, or anyone who uses a wheelchair, we help access the world.