|The Public Restroom Initiative is intended as an
information source for
Advocates working to make life viable for the restroom
challenged. .These people are the small but
significant percent of the population who suffer medical conditions that cause
them to frequently need a restroom when away from home. These otherwise
productive individuals are limited in their choice of work locations, in their
participation in physical fitness activities, and to where and how they travel by the
limited availability of
public toilet facilities.
Of particular interest is the lack of United States Public Policy
addressing the quality of life impediments for the Restroom Challenged.
Current Law exists to protect the health of those who need to void when away
from home, but regulations lack sufficient scope and
authority to comprehensively address the need for toilets in all public
Our goals include the increasing public awareness of
the challenge of everyday life faced by those who the Wall Street
says 'suffer in silence'. Long term, we are fostering the development and implementation of
better Public Health
Directives to eliminate the gaps in existing Federal, State and Local
toilet availability codes.
(1) WSJ 12/26/02 Pg-D6
||The leadership of the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) would like to take the opportunity to thank Metroped for its commitment and leadership in the area of public facility access for digestive disease sufferers. We would like to register the DDNC's enthusiastic endorsement of the Metroped's Public Restroom Initiative
As you know, the DDNC is an advocacy organization comprised of 25 voluntary and professional societies concerned with the many diseases of the digestive tract, such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and bowel incontinence and ostomy issues. Since it's founding in 1978, the Coalition has worked to increase public awareness and federal funding for debilitating digestive illnesses.
The DDNC would like to work with Metroped to bring this initiative to a successful conclusion so that digestive disease sufferers have the access to public restrooms that they need.
Cerulli M.D., Pres DDNC Letter