The signage, which appears on the Glasgow shopping destination’s accessible toilets, was created by 13-year-old Grace Warnock. Grace, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of nine, came up with the sign after facing criticism for using disabled toilets.
The inspirational schoolgirl’s design can now be seen on the doors of hundreds of accessible toilets across Scotland, including the Scottish Parliament, and has won a number of awards. St. Enoch Centre was so impressed by her campaign that it committed to incorporating the signage – known as ‘Grace’s Sign’.
Anne Ledgerwood, general manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: “Grace’s innovative campaign is helping to improve life for people with disabilities across Scotland and raising awareness that not all disabilities can be sign.
“We’re extremely proud to support Grace and her clever signage will ensure that St. Enoch Centre is accessible to all of our shoppers.”
Grace, who is from Prestonpans in East Lothian, visited St. Enoch Centre on Monday to see the signage first hand.
The teenager said: “It’s brilliant to see the sign up in St. Enoch Centre. This is a big step towards the sign becoming more mainstream and I hope it also helps people to recognise that not all disabilities can be seen.”
Her mum Judith added: “Hopefully now that the signage is in such a busy shopping centre, others in the retail sector will consider introducing it. Knowing there are suitable toilets means that those who have a disability, invisible or not, can enjoy their shopping trip without having to leave to find the right toilet facilities.”
Grace’s Sign shows a man and a woman with a wheelchair in the middle. The two figures each feature a heart. The first is to represent invisibility and the second is to remind people to have a heart and to not judge that which cannot be seen.
The youngster is now campaigning to have the signage introduced to schools and wants to create a video that will educate children about invisible disabilities.
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