News

Disability community voices concerns about special session to overturn Charlotte bathroom ordinance

As legislators gather this morning in special session to repeal Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance, they might want to take time to read today’s  lead story at NC Health News.

Reporter Rose Hoban spoke with disability rights advocates who worry heavy-handed action by the General Assembly might make it more difficult for North Carolina caregivers assisting someone of the opposite sex in a bathroom setting.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

restroomPeople with profound physical and developmental disabilities often need help while going to the bathroom.

And for those people who have caregivers of the opposite gender, the legislative language being bandied about ahead of this week’s special session to overturn Charlotte’s ordinance forbidding discrimination for transgendered people looking to use the bathroom may have lots of unintended consequences.
photo of a disabled accessible bathroom

“When you go to hire someone as a caregiver, you’re looking for the most qualified person to assist you and that may not be a person who shares your gender,” said Julia Adams-Scheurich, head of governmental affairs for The Arc of North Carolina.

She said it’s all too common that someone, say, a mother with a son in a wheelchair, needs to enter the bathroom of the opposite sex.

“You may have an individual with cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy or spina bifida or some other profound disability who does not share the same sex with their husband, caregiver, mother, father,” Adams-Scheurich said. “We’re afraid that legislation created by the General Assembly would have the unintended consequence of possibly prohibiting that assistance.”

This concern was echoed by Corye Dunn, who represents Disability Rights North Carolina at the legislature. She noted that having a disability often makes using a traditional public restroom less practical.

Read the full article on the North Carolina Health News website.

Here’s the bill legislators will be voting on today.

Check Also

Could smaller schools mean safer schools? One of the nation’s best teachers believes so

As the North Carolina General Assembly House Select ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

The Cape Fear River is damaged, contaminated by decades of human malfeasance, negligence and ignoran [...]

Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble appears to be violating the state public records law and is [...]

This morning, the state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the pivotal case of Silver, et al. [...]

Duke Energy has been fined $156,000 for 21 illegal seeps from coal ash basins at its Allen, Marshall [...]

These are extraordinary times in the American experiment with representative democracy. In Washingto [...]

Public education in North Carolina has its share of challenges, not the least of which has been the [...]

The post Time to come clean appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Tax Day in 2018 in North Carolina presents an opportunity to make sure our tax code allows us to mee [...]

Now hiring

NC Policy Watch is now hiring a Managing Editor – click here for more info.