About the Map
The accessible Restroom Map was created by David Nykodym, a GIS Analyst, and his wife Christina Ingoglia, a professor of English. Together they have a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome who will be in diapers for a long time. The two wanted a way to figure out the best places to change their daughter when traveling away from home. They thought of apps like Waze where users can crowdsource information. Ingoglia brought this idea to Missouri Disability Empowerment (MoDE) Foundation, a disability advocacy non-profit of which she is president. Together with the help of MoDE Foundation, Ingoglia and Nykodym have created this map and taken it nationwide to make it a resource for all who need it.
Why are we tracking these types of single-occupancy restrooms in particular?
We know that wide stalls that are ADA compliant help many and we are glad for their prevalence. However, we are not tracking those because those do not help so many who need more to bathroom for themselves or to help others. We think of older couples who might be of opposite gender, where one needs to help the other in the restroom. We think of people with disabilities who may need assistance or need to lie down to bathroom. We think of people who are transgendered or non-binary who need a safe, nongender-specific restroom. And there are more. We do track a handful of “other” restrooms, which our key shows on the map. These might be gender-specific but include an universal changing table for example. See the comments on those to understand why they are included. Still have questions? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.