Set of toilet signs. Toilet labels.American Restroom Association is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization

American Restroom Association was incorporated in the state of Maryland, USA in September 2004.

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Mission Statement
The American Restroom Association advocates for the availability of clean, safe, well designed public restrooms.

Our scope of our mission includes:

  • Restroom design and technology
  • Restroom availability and accessibility
  • Pertinent legislation and regulations
  • Documenting the problems faced by people who hesitate to travel or who avoid activities that put them out of range of proper toilet facilities

Our goals are to:

  • Generate public relations campaigns that result in positive coverage by the press
  • Address regulatory and legislative weakness
  • Act as a health impact clearing house
  • Survey and develop “Municipal Friendliness Ratings”
  • Communicate with other similar associations around the world
  • Develop suggestions, brochures and suggested designs
  • Serve as clearing house for companies and individuals promoting these products and designs
  • Develop lines of communication with mall and building managers, architects, builders and other groups
ARA Founding Press Release
November 8, 2004: American Restroom Association (ARA) Launched, will present at the World Toilet Summit  in Beijing.  Click here for full article.
Key Persons
Steven Soifer,  Ph.D.LGSW, Cofounder, BOD & President, Executive Director International Paruresis Association – Baltimore, MD
Robert Brubaker, Cofounder, BOD & Program Manager, Founder Public Restroom Initiative – Alexandria, VA
David King, BOD, Pharmaceutical Executive, and Director, International Paruresis Association – San Diego, CA
Mary Coakley, BOD VP & Project Manager, Project Manager – La Jolla Park Pilot Restroom Concept
Kathryn H. Anthony, BOD, Professor Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cheryle Gartley, BOD, President Simon Foundation for Continence – Chicago, IL
Roger Conradt, BOD & Treasurer, CPA
Tom Achatz, BOD,  President International Paruresis Association
Jack Sim,  ARA-WTO Liaison, President World Toilet Organization – Singapore
Carol McCleary, Project Manager, Founder PHLUSH – Portland, OR
Paul Rimel, ARA-ICC Liaison,  Member VPMIA
Jasmine Schmidt, Past Team ARA, Past Director of Education, Simon Foundation for Continence – Chicago, IL
Lori Adrienne Apfel, Team ARA,  Assoc. AIA – New York, NY
Tom Keating, Coordinator, Project CLEAN – Atlanta, GA

* BOD – Board of Directors