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CalMac has become the first transport operator in the country to adopt the new Any Disability symbol.
The Any Disability symbol is an attempt to make a more inclusive sign for those who use disabled facilities.
People who have hidden disabilities who may need to use these facilities shouldn’t feel like they have to explain or prove their disability.
CalMac, the UK’s largest ferry company, will be the first transport operator to adopt the new symbol on board 33 of its ferries.
The symbol was designed by a high school student who suffers from a less visible disability, and the reason for the symbol’s creation was because of some of the student’s experiences using disabled facilities as they received negative remarks from people who didn’t understand the condition.
CalMac feels this is an important issue as its ferries carried more than 5.6 million passengers in 2019. With 16 per cent of UK residents registered as disabled, it is likely there were more than half a million passengers.