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Ally’s Law or The Restroom Access Act

I recently learned about Ally’s Law (also called The Restroom Access Act) and I wish I had known about it sooner! This law was developed by a 15-year-old patient with Crohn’s disease, Ally Bain. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 11 and at age 14, Ally experienced a Crohn’s flare up in a department store and had an accident because she was denied use of the employee only restroom. Since then, Ally has dedicated herself to raising awareness about Crohn’s disease and the rights of people living with the condition by creating Ally’s Law. This state law guarantees restroom rights to people with medical needs. For those of us who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) I’m sure we’ve all had times we could have used this law too! The states that currently have this law are: Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Connecticut.

Did you know that ~700,000 Americans live with Crohn’s disease? The body’s immune system 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. For more information on Crohn’s go to

Check out my interview video below with Ally and her gastroenterologist, Dr. David Rubin – where we 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.

If you’re looking for information on the identification cards/passes that Ally mentioned that some states require, I’ve found that it is easiest to search for your state’s information on The Restroom Access Act and go from there. Some states require passes specific to their state.

Have you ever used this law?


Comment from Kelby
Time January 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I love her story! I read it in an article recently and thought it was fabulous!! :) Thanks for the beautiful interview!! Do you mind if I post this as my next Funday Monday video?
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

It is so inspiring when young people change the world for better! Go for it! In fact, I’d be honored. Here is the video URL:


Kelby Reply:

Awesome!! Thanks :)
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Comment from Nina
Time January 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Hi, Felicia. I was in the UNC online chat for non-GI symptoms in December with you, along with some other members of IBS Impact, the grassroots site I started. I’ve seen a bit of interest lately online in a restroom “can’t wait” card for U.S. people with IBS similar to the one distributed by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, or the IBS Network in the UK. I’d be interested to know if you get significant feedback from IBSers on this post and will be following. If there seems to be a demand, my group might consider providing one or approaching one of the U.S. IBS/GI organizations about the issue.

Feel free to check out our blog and drop me a line if there are any ways we can support each others’ efforts in regard to IBS or non-GI symptoms or overlapping conditions like fibro. We also have a main site linked from the blog. Thanks for your blog.


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