Crohn’s and Colitis UK’s Travel with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Campaign

Thinking about travel can be a worrisome business for those living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Things should be a little easier this summer thanks to good progress in Crohn’s and Colitis UK’s Travel with IBD campaign, which is striving to have “Not every disability is visible” toilet signage installed in travel hubs. Around 85% of hubs targeted – including airports and service stations – engaged positively with the charity and 48% have introduced new signs. “Since we launched the campaign in August 2017, almost 3,000 people have taken part, emailing more than 50,000 times to the 27 travel organisations to encourage them to change their signage,” says Andy McGuinness, campaigns manager for the charity. “We’re delighted with the response the campaign has had. Members have really got on board with this and we know the signage is already tackling stigma and making a
big difference to the lives of those living with IBD, who need easy access to toilets to support them with their condition.” Crohn’s and Colitis UK also engaged with the travel hubs to train staff to improve understanding of IBD and increase acceptance of the charity’s Can’t Wait Card.

The card is available to members of Crohn’s and Colitis UK via the membership team on 01727 734465, and can be ordered in 29 different languages, professionally translated and ideal for your holiday abroad. During a holiday in the Hungarian capital Budapest, Paul used his Can’t Wait Card to access a toilet in a cafe. He said: “Budapest has very few public toilets so the only options are hotels or independent cafes and bars. I saw a little cafe and asked to use the toilet that says it’s for customers. When I showed my Can’t Wait Card… Bingo! They couldn’t have been more obliging.”
The Travel with IBD campaign began after a survey of 1,776 people with IBD, conducted by Takeda UK Ltd, Crohn’s and Colitis UK and IBD Passport, found that 72% felt IBD limited their travel some to all of the time, 70% worried about toilet facilities while travelling and 28% had deferred, cancelled or changed a trip because of an IBD-related issue. Crohn’s and Colitis UK are continuing to work with businesses to adopt the signage and accept the
Can’t Wait Card. Keep an eye on the website for more information over the coming months.

For more travel advice for people with Crohn’s and Colitis and IBD campaign   Click Here

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Article reproduced with thanks from Crohn’s & Colitis UK Summer 2018 No 90 publication

 

 



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