Nando’s and Wagamama tackle stigma and discrimination

12 November 2019

Restaurant chains Nando’s and Wagamama have announced they will be supporting our award winning Not Every Disability is Visible campaign by installing new accessible toilet signs.

These accessible toilet signs help people living with invisible disabilities like Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis to access the toilets they need, free from the abuse and intimidation they often face.

Thanks to the powerful voice of the Crohn’s and Colitis community, these household names will now be installing the Not Every Disability is Visible signage gradually in their restaurants up and down the country over the next few months and into 2020.

When I first saw the ‘Not Every Disability is Visible’ campaign, it spoke to me on a level that nothing else had before. It made me realise that just because others couldn’t see the horrible effects of what I’m going through, doesn’t mean I’m not going through them.

That just because my problems weren’t as severe as others, doesn’t mean they still aren’t significant.

Ellie Jordan,
Living with Ulcerative Colitis

Nando's and Wagamama will be installing the signage and training staff in new and refurbished stores in the hope to include all stores over a period of time.

Today’s announcement falls on Purple Tuesday, the accessible shopping day, promoting the £2.25 trillion* global spending power of disabled people and their families and calls on all organisations to make changes to improve the customer experience for disabled people, just like Nando’s and Wagamama have done.

Having such well-known household names like Nando’s and Wagamama support our Not Every Disability is Visible campaign is a fantastic result for us and just goes to show the strength of the Crohn’s and Colitis community in making change possible. We hope to be announcing more supportive pubs and restaurant chains over the coming months.

Andy McGuinness
Campaigns Manager, Crohn's & Colitis UK

One of key resources that companies are encouraged to implement is our Not Every Disability is Visible signage. 

These simple signs make a big difference with over 80% of people with Crohn’s or Colitis telling us they feel more comfortable visiting places with the Not Every Disability is Visible signs installed, powerfully demonstrating that these signs have a real impact on people’s lives. 

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