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Asda are being praised for new toilet sign showing 'not every disability is visible'

The sensitive sign in one of the supermarket's stores has raised an important point reports the Daily Mirror.

The stick figures on toilet doors are ones we've all been familiar with since childhood.

The man wears the trousers, the ladies' toilets are easily identifiable by the skirt, and for the disabled toilets, the figure in a wheelchair provides clarification.

Except, that's not quite right.

What public toilet signs should say or depict is up for debate for a number of reasons, and this also applies to the signs on disabled toilets.

Because not every disability is visible .

It can be incredibly distressing for someone living with a disability which isn't immediately apparent to be confronted about why they're using the disabled toilets.

One Asda store has taken a step forward to prevent this.

The Monks Cross Shopping Park York Superstore put up this sign - and have been applauded by the Crohn's and Colitis UK charity.

In the instance where someone is living with Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis, there's a chance they need a colostomy or ileostomy bag.

In addition to these conditions, there are other disabilities which fall under the umbrella of not being visible.

Chronic pain, mental health difficulties, lupus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are all conditions whose potential severity means someone affected benefits from using the disabled toilets.

Comments on the Facebook post show just how welcome this addition is.

A mum explained: "My daughter is 10 and she has Autism. She hates public toilets as she can't tolerate the hand dryer noise.

"Using the single disabled cubicle is our only option unless of course the dryer is placed where you only have to walk past it to set it off!"

And another person said: "Finally some recognition for those hidden disabilities, Crohn’s has been my nemesis for years yet I always feel judged for using disabled facilities. Well done Asda."

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