Article By: Deborah Price
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Cllr Giles-Medhurst – noted the work of the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK in encouraging venues to adopt the new signage.
Councillors are to be asked to consider new signage on accessible toilets in county council buildings in recognition that not all disabilities are visible.
Traditionally the signs on accessible toilets features an image of a person in a wheelchair.
But on Tuesday, Liberal Democrat group leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst asked councillors to consider an alternative design, with two standing figures and a wheelchair user alongside the logo ‘not every disability is visible’.
A motion – tabled at a meeting of the full council by Cllr Giles-Medhurst – noted the work of the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK in encouraging venues to adopt the new signage.
It suggested the new signs could help to stop the stigma and discrimination towards people with ‘invisible illnesses’ – like Crohn’s Disease ad ulcerative colitis – when using accessible toilets.
And it called for accessible toilets on council premises to have the new signs and fir the council to ask town centre retailers and leisure outlets to do the same.
The motion was not debated at the meeting of the full council, but will now be referred to a future meeting of the county council’s resources ad performance cabinet panel for further consideration.