Dignified Changes began in Arizona, February 2019. Two women, Marianne and Courtney were tired of changing their full-grown special-needs daughters on the dirty bathroom floor, or on a park bench, while siblings held towels up for privacy, or in a hot van, in the middle of a parking lot, during an Arizona summer, simply because there was nowhere else.
During their leadership program, they learned of a bill at the AZ Legislature, that offered hope. When Susann learned of this need and what these ladies were trying to do, she offered support and guidance for the legislative process. They had a lot of work to do, to turn the bill they found, into the bill they needed. The trio partnered quickly and got to work. Dignified Changes was born.
Soon, they met Nicole. She had joined the community advocating for legislative change. She proved to be willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Now, leadership at three women strong, each with their own strengths and experience were ready to take on the mission: to ensure privacy and dignity is afforded to all individuals using a restroom in the community, by requiring universal changing areas in their communities.
The Arizona legislative process was used to catapult this measure to the forefront of citizen’s minds and priorities. Many others quickly joined. A grassroots movement was born.
Going forward, Dignified Changes aims to continue its outreach and influence for a more inclusive community for all.