According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a handicapped bathroom bar, or grab bar, is a hand rail installed in handicapped accessible bathrooms to provide individuals with disabilities extra security to stabilize themselves in the bathroom. Grab bars are typically installed near a toilet or in the shower or tub.
The installation of grab bars is a regulation enforced under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The ADA act was put into place to prohibit the discrimination of people with disabilities. The act also ensures that people with disabilities receive equal opportunities in public accommodations, employment opportunities and commercial facilities.