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Flusher

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Project Team Members: Ryan Hill, Andrea McEwan, Ben Huang, Andrew Giffen

Flusher is a mobile application that helps users find washroom facilities in the vicinity that meet standards for cleanliness and appropriateness.

How does your project remove barriers for people with disabilities and/or aging populations?

For people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), access to safe and appropriate washrooms can affect mobility and inclusion in public spaces and events. Flusher will increase access to washroom facilities for those who have unpredictable or frequent need to use the washroom. Additionally, information about accessibility, safety, and format will help new mothers, members of the trans community, or seniors access appropriate washroom facilities.

Where did the idea for your project come from?

One of the core project team members is living with IBS and was a guiding force for the early idea.

What are the goals and objectives of your project?

Flusher intends to build a community around shame-free and judgement-free access to clean and appropriate washroom facilities, ensuring that those suffering from IBS can live their lives with more predictable access to medically necessary washroom facilities.

Who is the target audience for your project?

The primary target audience for the Flusher app is the IBS community, particularly those living with Crohn’s disease and colitis. We also expect the app to help others looking for information about washroom safety, appropriateness, and accessibility, such as new mothers, those with mobility concerns, or the trans community.

What did you and your team gain from being involved in the Accessibility Project?

The Accessibility Project has provided Flusher with the resources to build a minimal viable product. Access to mentors and guidance from the Ryerson DMZ has been critical to moving Flusher forward.

What are your future plans for your project?

Washroom facilities exist throughout most urban environments, but “toilet deserts” or areas with problematic access are growing. In many areas, washrooms are not truly public, but rather intended for customers of a space, business, or office. Flusher aims to change this by encouraging businesses or other semi-public spaces to willingly open their washrooms to known Flusher members. Businesses would be compensated for allowing access, and Flusher users would pay a small fee for a membership to the service.