Crohns Disability Not Visible, Paul Wonnacott is the director and president of Vectair Systems, the specialist in washroom hygiene and aircare systems. Here he talks about Vectair’s involvement with Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
In January, UK supermarket giant Tesco announced new toilet signage for ‘invisible’ conditions. The new signage is to be rolled out to over 700 stores, using the tagline that “not all disabilities are visible”. This follows a successful campaign by the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affect more than 300,000 people in the UK.
Tesco is following in the footsteps of Asda and Morrisons, who have already adopted new signage to reflect the invisible nature of some health conditions. According to Dan McLean at Crohn’s and Colitis UK: “This announcement is a great step by Tesco towards reducing stigma and raising awareness that not every disability is visible and everyone is grateful to them for making this change. People living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease can be very disadvantaged by the impact of their condition.
“They may not look unwell but are often profoundly affected by debilitating and unseen symptoms that affect all aspects of their lives. The experience or fear of unpredictable incontinence is very undermining to a person’s confidence and self-esteem and can lead in some cases to the person affected becoming too anxious to leave their home.”
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