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Bathrooms for Everyone: Single-User Unisex-Designated Accessible Washrooms

The best bathroom is one that is designed to anticipate and accomodate the many different needs of people likely to be using the facilities. Three of the most common barriers that prevent people from accessing bathrooms in public spaces include lack of physical accessibility, lack of privacy, and cultural norms offering an extremely narrow range of possiblities in terms of gender identity and presentation.

Taking into account these common barriers, increasing the number of single-user, unisex-designated and physically accessible washrooms on campus is one way to increase the access, comfort and safety. The benefits of barrier-free washrooms transcend individual needs, and the presence of barrier-free washrooms on campus can help set the tone for an inclusive, welcoming environment.