The new Any Disability sign, launched in the House of Commons this week, has already received widespread support from MPs, including the Minister for Disabled People, who said he was ‘blown away’ by it.
The sign, which it is hoped will more accurately represent the full range of people with various disabilities who use accessible toilets and other facilities, was widely praised by MPs during Martin Whitfield MP’s Commons debate on invisible disabilities.
Justin Tomlinson MP, the Minister for Disabled People, congratulated Grace Warnock and those who have worked on the new design, including Lucy Richards from StudioLR and the Life Changes Trust, saying he thinks it will make a real difference on raising awareness.
The Minister’s comments followed a roundtable discussion on the sign at Westminster, which included a cross-party group of MPs, the Life Changes Trust, Lucy Richards, representatives of charities supporting people with invisible disabilities, and the British Standards Institution (BSI).
Speaking after his debate, Martin Whitfield MP said:
“I’m delighted with the way the new Any Disability sign has been received by parliamentary colleagues, including the Minister for Disabled People. We could not have hoped for a more positive response.
“This early enthusiasm for the sign underlines the strength of its design and the huge potential that exists for it to enhance understanding about invisible disabilities. It also provides a wonderful platform for building on the inspirational awareness-raising undertaken by Grace Warnock over the last few years.
“I’m fully committed to working with all interested parties to rollout the sign and its important message across the UK. The next step will be a drop-in event for MPs to encourage them to spread the word about the sign in their own constituencies.”
The full details of the Commons debate can be found at http://bit.ly/2WUWb4U