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Annual Appeal:  Accessible Restrooms

Van Brooks, Member
St. Elizabeth School
Board of Trustees

"It's the small things that able body people take for granted or don't think about, like opening doors and using the bathroom, that are extremely frustrating tasks for our students.  

In 2004, at the age of sixteen, I suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left me paralyzed from the neck down. Among the many important obstacles I had to overcome to gain my independence were using the bathroom and opening doors. Once I achieved those my life completely changed. I was able to have a social life and eventually get a job. More importantly, it uplifted me mentally. 

Please consider making a donation towards our capital building project. You're monetary support will provide our students with a sense of dignity, hope, and the opportunity to work on gaining their independence."

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$780,000 to be raised over two years

Fifteen Accessible Restrooms
Over the Next
Two Years

  • Single stalls to maintain student privacy

  • Wider restrooms with room for wheelchairs and caregivers

  • Emergency pull cords connected to our intercom system and outside emergency notification lights above door

  • Adaptive toileting systems and showers in select restrooms  

“Our goal is to provide our students
an increased sense of
independence and dignity.”

  • Anywhere from 25 – 35 of our students use a wheelchair, walker, or have severe mobility challenges.

  • Many of our students are not toilet trained or need help using the restroom due to mobility challenges.

  • No room for wheelchairs or caregivers to assist with toileting or clean students up after toileting accidents.

  • In order to maintain student safety and privacy, students are not allowed in the restroom with other students.  However, most of our restrooms are multi-stalled.