Newcastle and Belfast airport support signage for hidden disabilities

Published on : Tuesday, August 8, 2017




Major travel hubs have been requested through a campaign by Crohn’s and Colitis UK to change the accessible toilet signage to reflect “Invisible disabilities”.


The campaign has already been backed by Newcastle and Belfast airport.



The main motive of travel with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) highlights the stigma of “invisible disabilities” people face while travelling.



UK supermarkets like Asda, Tesco and Waitrose earlier swapped their disabled toilet signs for accessible signage and the campaign went off successfully.



The campaign requires people to send emails to heads of UK airports, rail stations and service stations to asking them to support the adoption of additional accessible toilet signage. The intention is to highlight that not all disability is visible.



A survey done by Takeda UK stated that around 1,770 people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. When travelling around 70% were concerned about the toilet facilities and 28% cancelled or changed the trip due to IBD related issue.



The campaign has received more than 21,000 emails since its launch and British Olympian Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who has Colitis is supporting the cause.

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