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"Gotta Go, Right Now!"
If you have IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) or an ostomy you know how quickly your symptoms can go from zero to 100 (real quick!). When you've gotta go, you GOTTA GO...now. Going out in public can be a challenging in general, but especially if you don't know where the restrooms are or if you will even have access to them.
The Restroom Access Act
The Restroom Access Act (also known as Ally’s Law or the Crohn’s & Colitis Fairness Act) seeks to ensure that people with certain medical conditions have access to employee-only restrooms when a public one is unavailable. Specifically, the state-based legislation:
Ensures access for persons with certain medical conditions, including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, as well as those with ostomies
Generally applies when the following conditions are met:
When the retail establishment has two or more employees currently working
When the employee-only restroom is in a location that is both safe to the patient and not an obvious security risk to the retail establishment
Often requires the patient to present a document signed by a medical professional attesting to their disease
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People living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis often suffer from debilitating urgency to use a restroom immediately, or risk having an embarrassing accident. This causes many IBD patients to worry about whether or not they will have access to a restroom in public. Unfortunately, not all public retail establishments have public restrooms available, and there have been incidents in which IBD patients have been denied access to employee-only restrooms.