Hannah Witton joined the Crohn’s and Colitis UK charity’s campaign targeting restaurants and pubs.
In her Instagram post, she announced she is part of the #NotEveryDisabilityIsVisible campaign “to get signs on toilets in public places that say as such. Often people with hidden illnesses & disabilities are challenged if seen using accessible toilets even though we absolutely can use them.”
Hannah was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when she was seven years old, a condition which causes the colon and rectum to become inflamed, resulting in symptoms including recurring diarrhoea and stomach pains. After going ten years without any symptoms, Hannah suffered a relapse and underwent surgery in January 2018. She has since been documenting her recovery, showing viewers what life is like post-surgery and having a stoma bag.
The UK’s leading charity against Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (BD). The Not Every Disability is Visible campaign targets high streets brands, such as McDonalds and Wetherspoons. The aim is to install signs in more restaurant and pub locations across the UK, to increase awareness and change public perceptions of disability.
According to Crohn’s and Colitis UK, 80% of those with Crohn’s or Colitis “felt more comfortable visiting venues with the Not Every Disability is Visible signs installed”. Their new survey shows that people with invisible disabilities can feel discriminated against when using accessible toilets when they “don’t look disabled”.
Hannah has spoken about these difficulties in the past and has explained in videos about the increased need to quickly access toilets when having a stoma.
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