The Milwaukee County Zoo is pleased to announce a partnership with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin for the Zoo’s new Universal Changing Station.
“We are so happy for this new partnership with Variety for the Universal Changing Station, as it only enhances our continuing efforts to serve as an accessible and inclusive attraction for ALL Zoo guests,” said Zoo Director, Amos Morris. The Universal Changing Station is not required by law; however, we want to act as a community leader in offering services for all guests. Had we not been able to offer this accessible space, some families may not be able to visit, and we want all people to have access regardless of their accessibility needs.”
The Universal Changing Station (formerly the Ambulance and First Aid Station) offers people with physical or developmental needs to have a safe, private space for toileting or managing personal hygiene. Equipped with a height-adjustable adult changing table, addressing the needs of guests who use wheelchairs, the Universal Changing Station is a much-needed facility for those raising children with disabilities.
“The Milwaukee County Zoo is such a community and cultural asset, and this partnership with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin reflects the commitment by both organizations to demonstrate that everyone belongs, and everyone can have a positive experience at the Zoo,” said Variety’s Associate Executive Director, Dua Vang-Ramirez.
“Families and caregivers can now extend their Zoo visit simply because of this new space, continues Vang-Ramirez. “The feedback we’re already receiving from our families, sponsors, and donors has been extremely positive and there’s a lot of “chatter” among the families who have benefitted from the Universal Changing Station.”
This renovated area also includes an ADA-compliant bathroom stall, sink, and a small private area. The facility is conveniently located near other restrooms close to the Zoo entrance.
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin was established in 1935, dedicated to enriching the lives of children with physical or developmental needs and their families. Variety has raised nearly $30 million to support children throughout Wisconsin since the inception of the organization.
Variety also provides families with children with disabilities assistance such as ramps, lifts and adaptive chairs and driving equipment – necessary items that may not be covered by insurance.
For more information on the Universal Changing Station, call the Zoo at 414.771.3040.