We’re delighted to be supporting the ‘Not Every Disability is Visible’ campaign in order to help change perceptions and tackle the stigma surrounding invisible conditions and disabilities. The campaign, which was originally launched by the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK back in 2016, calls upon organisations to make changes to accessible toilet signage in order to help people with invisible conditions feel more confident using these essential facilities.
In support of the campaign, and in order to improve our facilities for all who use our space, we’ve updated the accessible toilet signage across our sites and managed workspaces. This also includes facilities at our Café Partners at 92 Degrees (Creative Campus), Chapters of Us (Digital House) and Ryde (Northern Lights) and we’re delighted that they’re on board.
In doing this, we’re joining nearly 2,500 branches in the UK’s five leading supermarkets, (Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s), 15 of the UK’s major travel hubs and 150 shopping centres, in installing the signage.
Because of the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding conditions such as Crohn’s and Colitis, thousands of people are suffering in silence, being subjected to discrimination – sometimes even harassment – just for trying to use accessible toilets they need to. We believe that this needs to stop.
Mark Lawler, Managing Director at Baltic Creative CIC said,
“As one of Liverpool’s leading space providers for Creative and Digital businesses, we know that it’s our job to ensure that we’re supporting our community and furthermore those in the public who visit our space – no matter what their circumstances. By joining the ‘Not Every Disability is Visible’ campaign, we want to help change public perceptions of disability, end stigma and ensure that everyone who needs to use an accessible toilet can do so.”
If you’re an organisation that would like to get involved with the campaign and if you would like to play your part in helping to ensure that this signage is accepted as standard, then please visit www.noteverydisabilityisvisible.org.uk to find out more.
This initiative forms part of a wider programme where we are focussing on improving diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Please note that all Accessible Toilets based in our public spaces (92 Degrees, Chapters of Us and Ryde) also have baby changing facilities.