Entro Produces Inclusive Washroom Paper

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The topic of this paper, "Inclusive Washrooms: A Solution Through Signage" is univer­sal wash­rooms and the oppor­tu­nity for vari­ous orga­ni­za­tions as well as the design indus­try to review asso­ci­ated signage to ensure they are meet­ing the needs of a wider commu­nity. Univer­sal wash­rooms exist in two scenar­ios – single-use wash­rooms contain­ing a single toilet and sink in a lock­able room, and multi-use facil­i­ties with indi­vid­ual enclosed toilet stalls that share a common sink area.

Entro recently assisted the Cana­dian Stan­dards Asso­ci­a­tion (CSA) to create a new stan­dard for signage in health­care facil­i­ties, part of which involved appro­pri­ate signage for univer­sal wash­rooms. Assist­ing with this stan­dard allowed them to see the valu­able oppor­tu­ni­ties for public discourse and educa­tion on inclu­siv­ity and accep­tance. As there are indi­vid­u­als and groups who may not conform to conven­tional gender norms, part of this inclu­siv­ity includes accom­mo­da­tions of rights to gender iden­tity and expres­sion. It is this context that formed the impe­tus for a paper that explores and recom­mends the correct approach to univer­sal wash­rooms. 

Entro’s recom­men­da­tions and guid­ing prin­ci­ples for univer­sal wash­rooms were writ­ten in collab­o­ra­tion with their indus­try part­ners, clients, and Marni Panas, a recog­nized diver­sity and inclu­sion advo­cate for LGBT+ issues in Alberta. Marni has been deeply involved in this topic, and was interviewed by CNN from Parliament hill when Bill C-16 was introduced. 

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