Father And Son Design Accessible Portable Toilet For Disaster
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 15, 2005
HAMAMATSU, JAPAN--A man who uses a wheelchair and his father have found a like-minded business partner to produce and market a unique portable toilet for use in disaster affected areas.
According to the Daily Mainichi, Hideo Yoneki and his son, who has used a wheelchair since he was injured in a 1982 car accident, invented the new porta-potty. The toilet is designed to be set up with one touch in just five minutes. It is accessible for wheelchair users coming from any direction that they approach it.
"Using the toilet is so much harder for the disabled than it is for healthy people in case of emergencies," said Yoneki.
Yoneki had tried to sell his design to Japan's major toilet makers, but they were not interested.
But he and his son finally found an ally in lumber businessman Mitsuru Matsui, who experienced enormous accessibility problems using a toilet during a hospital stay.
Since the porta-potty went on sale last month, the partners have already received orders from a municipal government dealing with a major earthquake. They expect to get more sales from the public sector.
"If we can get more of these toilets out on the market, I'm sure the disabled will be delighted," Yoneki said.
Yoneki's son was not named in the article.