Not all disabilities are visible – some are hidden and not immediately obvious, such as learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. Living with a hidden disability can make daily life more demanding for many people, but it can be difficult for others to identify, acknowledge or understand the challenges you face.
Be visible when you want to be
Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around you including staff, colleagues and health professionals that you may need additional support, help or a little more time.
In this Sunflower Story, Paul Pengelly discusses how fibromyalgia impacts his physical and mental health.
It took almost three years for Paul to be diagnosed and his acceptance of his condition has been key to making adjustments, from pacing his life to using a scooter as well as making useful changes to his home environment.
Darren Carew was a career solider in the Army until an accident occurred which would change his life forever. In this conversation Darren explains how his whole world was turned upside down by the accident which has left him an amputee with a mild brain trauma, dyscalculia and PTSD. We talk about the impact his conditions have had on him and his family.
The Sunflower is simply to demonstrate that a person has an invisible disability and may need some extra time, care or support from the community around them. It is not here to demonstrate that a person is face covering exempt.
Matthew Tinsley, diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), has a degree in Modern Languages and spent his entire professional life working in the sphere of specialist bookshops. After many years struggling with alcoholism and two failed marriages, he overcame his addiction.
Lorina aged 18 was diagnosed with (Autism and dyspraxia) When she was younger she was told that she would likely not be able to ride a bike due to balance and gross motor skills. She also struggles to socialise and understand social cues from people.
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This is a wonderful scheme, I have been a carer for people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's,
Airports and any crowded situations can be totally overwhelming. When on medication they are
more in control but it does wear off and procedures at airports can be lengthy, thank you so
much for giving these people a chance again to travel!
Jane recommends Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards Scheme®
I think it is a positive move for both adults and children with
hidden disabilities and apparent disadvantages that people take for granted. Brilliant idea.
Donna recommends Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards Scheme®
Excellent idea so other travellers understand Airports can be
stressful for autistic people Specially the amount of people along with confusion and noise.
I am now able to travel without fear.