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Not Every Disability is Visible toilet signs on accessible toilets in support of Crohn’s & Colitis UK

Published Tuesday 16 March, 2021
Last updated on Tuesday 16 March, 2021

New signs reminding people that not every disability is visible have been installed on all disabled toilets around the borough.

Swale Borough Council has installed the signs on 11 disabled toilets around the borough in support of Crohn’s & Colitis UK’s nationwide campaign to tackle stigma and misunderstanding surrounding invisible disabilities.

Cllr Angela Harrison, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:

“We’ve installed not every disability is visible signs on all of our disabled toilets in Swale in support of those living with Crohn’s, Colitis and any other invisible disability.

“This nationwide campaign by registered charity Crohn’s & Colitis UK is something that we are proud to be part of.

“We join supermarkets, restaurants, football grounds and airports among other outlets to support the charity’s mission to help change the perceptions of disability and tackle stigma.

“Crohn’s and Colitis are lifelong diseases of the gut that effect an estimated 500,000 people in the UK, and more than 50 per cent of these have had a negative experience using an accessible toilet.

“We hope these new signs will create an accessible space for those living with any invisible disabilities.”

Sarah Hollobone, campaigns manager at Crohn’s & Colitis UK, said:

“It is great to see Swale Council supporting our Not Every Disability is Visible campaign. One in two people living with Crohn’s or Colitis report having a negative experience when trying to use an accessible toilet – many facing verbal or physical discrimination. These accessible toilet signs, alongside training staff about the conditions, are vital in challenging outdated perceptions of what disability looks like.

“Crohn’s & Colitis UK’s 2020 Life in Lockdown survey also showed that 57 per cent of people with Crohn’s or Colitis were concerned about access to toilets when going out, which pushes people with chronic conditions further into isolation during this difficult time.

“Having our Not Every Disability is Visible campaign signs on local, accessible toilets really can make a difference to those living with invisible conditions - 83 per cent of our supporters told us they feel more comfortable visiting venues with the accessible toilet signs installed.

“Swale Council now joins the other 3,000 outlets across the country that are helping create a discrimination free space for those needing quick access to accessible toilets.”

To find a public toilet in Swale visit www.swale.gov.uk/news-and-your-council/performance-and-transparency/lists-and-registers.

Disabled toilets with new signs include:

  • Library car park in Sittingbourne
  • Central car park in Faversham
  • Rose Street car park in Sheerness
  • Forum shopping centre car park in Sittingbourne
  • Grove Services, Grove Avenue, Leysdown
  • Queenborough Park, Queenborough
  • The White House, Minster
  • The Spinney, Leysdown
  • Bartons Point, Minster
  • Faversham Recreation Ground, Park Road, Faversham
  • Oare Gunpowder Works Visitors Centre

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