10-Year-Old Designs Bathroom Sign for People With Invisible Conditions

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Grace Warnock is only 10, but she’s perceptive. She easily picked up on judgmental looks from strangers when she would use public bathrooms for people with disabilities.

Grace has Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease you can’t see from the outside. The condition can be painful and requires her to make a lot of bathroom stops. Instead of putting up with rude onlookers, she designed a bathroom sign that includes both a person in a wheelchair and a standing person with a heart, symbolizing people with invisible conditions. Then she took it a step farther. She launched “Grace’s Sign” campaign to get buildings near her home in Edinburgh, Scotland, to hang the signs up.

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It worked.

The Scottish Parliament installed the signs on three of its accessible bathrooms.

“Using Grace’s Sign at accessible toilets on the parliamentary estate sends out a powerful message to others across Scotland that these toilets are there for everyone with a disability, regardless of whether or not it is ‘visible,’” Scottish Parliament member Iain Gray, who backed Grace’s campaign, told Edinburgh News.

Iain Gray MSP and 10 year old Grace Warnock, a school pupil from Prestonpans in East Lothian, unveil a new disabled toilet signs, designed by Grace.

Iain Gray MSP and 10 year old Grace Warnock, a school pupil from Prestonpans in East Lothian, unveil a new disabled toilet signs, designed by Grace, which is now in place at the Scottish Parliament’s accessible toilets. Grace has Crohn’s Disease and, like many other people, uses accessible toilets as they provide the space and facilities to manage the requirements of her condition. Grace came up with the idea of this sign to show that people might not have a visible disability, but may still require to use an accessible toilet. Picture by Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
Iain Gray MSP and 10 year old Grace Warnock, a school pupil from Prestonpans in East Lothian, unveil a new disabled toilet signs, designed by Grace, which is now in place at the Scottish Parliament’s accessible toilets.

Picture by Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
Iain Gray MSP and 10 year old Grace Warnock, a school pupil from Prestonpans in East Lothian, unveil a new disabled toilet signs, designed by Grace, which is now in place at the Scottish Parliament’s accessible toilets.

“Using Grace’s Sign at accessible toilets on the parliamentary estate sends out a powerful message to others across Scotland that these toilets are there for everyone with a disability, regardless of whether or not it is ‘visible.’” Picture by Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

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