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As a person whose partner has so-called ‘invisible’ disabilities, This Writer can only applaud Asda’s decision to pilot these signs (above) in order to stop prejudice.

The Metro report states that the sign was spotted in a York store and, while the company has been contacted about rolling them out across the UK, it hasn’t yet responded.

Let’s hope that the signs become a familiar sight soon – and that other firms follow suit.

There are many conditions that class as ‘invisible disabilities’. This means while a person may seem physically able, they are fighting their own disability on the inside.

Because of this, there is a need for them to use a disabled toilet.

This might be for extra room and a more sanitary area to place treatment that needs to be applied or maybe, if they’re only able to travel short distances and need extra help sitting up and down, help can be offered.

There are many reasons as to why someone with an invisible disability needs to use the disabled loo – and they shouldn’t be made to feel victimised because of it.

To stop the stares, the mutters under the breath and even the confrontation that comes with someone who looks ‘physically-abled’ using the disabled toilets, Asda has stepped up by changing their disabled toilet signs.

A picture of the sign, which reads: ‘Not every disability is visible’, was posted to Crohn’s and Colitis UK’s Facebook page, and it has so far received 9,300 likes.

Many people have commented to express their happiness after seeing the sign.

One person said: ‘Finally some recognition for those hidden disabilities, Crohn’s has been my nemesis for years yet I always feel judged for using disabled facilities. Well done Asda.’

Another added: ‘That’s a great sign. I’ve heard the grumbling public whispering loudly how I shouldn’t be using a disabled toilet. Well done Asda.’

Source: Asda displays new disabled toilet sign to show that ‘not every disability is visible’


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