"America's advocate for the availability of clean, safe, well designed public restrooms"

 

            
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PUBLIC RESTROOMS AND
THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

 

OVERVIEW

The Department of Justice ADA Title III Regulation 28 CFR Part 36 Standards for Accessible Design mandates guidelines for accessibility to places of public accommodation and commercial facilities by individuals with disabilities. These guidelines are applied during the design, construction, and alteration of such buildings and facilities.  These requirements are specified in detail in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities  (ADAAG)

 

PROBLEMS with the ADAAG

(1) A complaint that a free standing public restroom is not compliant with the ADAAG requirments may be satisfied by closing the facility.  Most likely the person filing the complaint is not help by such an outcome.  

(2) Lack of recognition that being  'restroom challenged'  is a disability.  For example the restroom challenged hesitate or are unable to utilize mass transit systems without toilet facilities.   Arguing all riders are equally denied use of facilities ignores that only the restroom challenged are hurt but this policy.  

RECOMMENDATIONS

Take the necessary legal or legislative lobbying action to force the Department of just to address this issue. 

 

 
OTHER CONCERNS 

VISION IMPAIRED 

Braille inscriptions enable vision-impaired people to locate public toilets and the various fixtures with the facilities. 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                         

American Restroom Association                                      
PO Box 65111                                                                        
Baltimore, MD 21209
202-747-6031 - Policy and Media queries 410-358-9007(FAX)

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