Funday Monday – The Restroom Access Act

Have you heard of The Restroom Access Act, or also known as Ally’s Law? This state law, currently active in the following states:  Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas,  Washington, and Wisconsin, guarantees restroom rights to people with medical needs.

It was developed by Ally Bain, a 15-year-old patient with Crohn’s disease. A disease that affects the body’s immune system and attacks healthy cells in the GI tract, causing inflammation and patients often begin experiencing symptoms in their teens. These symptoms include: severe fatigue, abdominal pain, joint pain, diarrhea and weight loss.* Now Ally experienced a flare-up in a department store and had an accident because she was denied use of the employee only restroom. She took this embarrassing moment and turned into something so incredibly amazing and positive!! She’s dedicated herself to raising awareness about Crohn’s disease; a disease that affects over 700,000 Americans!

So, for today’s Funday Monday, please take a moment to watch FeliciaFibro.com interview with Ally and her gastroenterologist, Dr. David Rubin – where they discuss more about Ally’s Law, information on Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs) and IBS. Dr. Rubin is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, and Director of the Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition fellowship program at the University of Chicago.

Thanks FeliciaFibro for bringing this to my attention. 🙂 Thanks Ally Bain for changing the world for the better; its truly inspiring!!

If you’re looking for more information on the ID cards/passes, Felicia recommends that its easiest to search for your state’s information on The Restroom Access Act and go from there. However, I did find this site, but cannot say that I’ve tried it. 🙂

Isn’t Ally amazing?? I also think Dr. Rubin is a great advocate for all patients with Crohn’s – something I love seeing! Do you think this new law will help you? Do you think this law will allow others to understand your disease? If this does not affect you personally – how do you think you could help others with this?

Cheers,

If you’re a newbie here, welcome!

*For more information on Crohn’s go to CrohnsAndMe.com.

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4 thoughts on “Funday Monday – The Restroom Access Act

  1. I’m not sure how much it will help others understand conditions more susceptible to GI issues (there are many), but I do think it will greatly help those in need of a restroom! In larger cities, where it can be even harder to find public restrooms, it could really empower those with GI issues to get out and do things. Some people are so worried of not being able to find/use a restroom when needed (and the embarrassment that comes with accidents) that they tend to stay home more often or only go to familiar places. This could really open a new world of opportunities for those people. Thanks for spreading the word about this law, I hope that every state has it soon!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this info! I will have to research it for Indiana. My Mother had Crohn’s and would spend days at home during flare ups for this very reason. My Sister-in-law has MS and has had more than a few accidents in stores because she was denied access to the bathroom. Hopefully, this is going on the books in the Hoosier State soon!

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      • Peachy, thanks for this great post! Felicia Fibro, I really appreciate you taking the time to interview Dr. Rubin and me. And, pixiecd, thank you for your interest! As of now, the legislation has not been introduced in Indiana. If you would like to get involved in the legislative process, please let me know, as I am more than happy to help you in this pursuit.

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