Call for pubs to help prevent discrimination against people with invisible disabilities

 

A national charity has called for pubs across the country to change the signage on accessible toilets to support people with invisible disabilities.

A survey by Crohn's & Colitis UK revealed that people suffering from invisible disabilities are often targets of discrimination by members of the public when using disabled toilets.

In partnership with pharmaceutical company, Janssen-Cilag, the charity has launched a campaign urging pubs and restaurants to change their accessible toilet signage.

The survey of 2,006 people revealed that 93 per cent think by challenging a "healthy looking" person they are "standing up for disabled people".

However, it can lead to extreme suffering and devastating consequences for people suffering from disabilities that aren't visible from the outside.

The survey showed that of 1,771 people with Crohn's or Colitis, 61 per cent had experienced verbal or physical abuse for using accessible toilet facilities.

The charity's Not Every Disability Is Visible campaign is now calling for the general public, companies, and the Crohn's and Colitis community to come together to change attitudes as well as accessible toilet signage.

Sarah Sleet, CEO at Crohn's & Colitis UK says: "These signs make a real difference to people living with Crohn's or Colitis.

"We know that if the public better understand the devastating symptoms of these conditions, they will be more considerate and supportive of people who feel too ashamed or embarrassed to talk about their Crohn's or Colitis.

"It is vitally important that everyone gets involved in the campaign to help increase understanding of the true impact of these conditions."

More than 80 per cent of people with Crohn's or Colitis said they feel more comfortable visiting places with the Not Every Disability is Visible signs installed.