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Making the invisible visible

Making the invisible visible

A discreet way to indicate that you have a hidden disability

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.

Insights

  • Image of yellow character stading in a crack
    Falling through the cracks - the pool of untapped autistic talent

    Many of us have probably heard of the disability employment gap - the gap that exists between the percentage of all people employed, 81.3%*, and the percentage of disabled people in employment, currently 52.1%*. That's a big disparity, right. What you may not be aware of is just how wide the gap gets when you look at the statistics for people on the autism spectrum. According to the Office for National Statistics' Outcomes for disabled people in the UK report, only 21.7% of people with autism are in any form of employment, the lowest employment rate of any disability category. That's not a gap, that's a chasm.

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  • A capture of Daniel Watts during his video interview. Dan wears his Sunflower lanyard.
    Sunflower Stories with Daniel Watts

    Daniel is profoundly deaf and has cochlear implants. In this interview Dan tells us why he chooses to wear the Sunflower how it benefits him.

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  • Text saying counterfeit on a pavement background
    Huge health and safety risk from counterfeit Sunflower lanyards
    Back in January, the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower appeared on the BBC's WatchDog when the consumer rights programme investigated the issue of counterfeit lanyard resellers on digital market places such as Amazon and eBay. The illegal and unethical selling and reselling of the Sunflower products is an issue we have been aware of for some time and something that we naturally want to end. But now things have taken a more sinister turn, as we have uncovered a counterfeit lanyard that is being produced without the essential breakaway needed to ensure that the lanyard cannot become a choking hazard.
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  • World Hearing Day animation still with the hidden disabilities and Sense logos
    World Hearing Day - Hearing Care for ALL! Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate

    World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. This year the World Health Organisation has decided upon the theme 'Hearing care for all!' to raise awareness of how hearing loss can be prevented through protection against loud sounds, good ear-care practices and immunisation. Hearing can also be rehabilitated, if caught early and appropriate care and treatment is sought. World Hearing Day serves as a reminder to all that are at risk of hearing loss to make sure that they attend regular hearing checks with a health care provider.

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  • The sunflower surrounding the world with the Dutch and Belgium flags either side
    Going Dutch!

    We are thrilled to announce that the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower has today launched in the Netherlands and Belgium, our first stronghold in mainland Europe.

    This means that people living with a hidden disability in these regions will now have easier access to the Sunflower. With both a local representative and a dedicated, country specific website, which can be accessed in Dutch, we are better equipped to support both our Sunflower wearers and the organisations that support the initiative in these areas.

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  • An animated banner for the Sunflower Conversations
    Tune into the Hidden Disabilities Podcast – the Sunflower Conversations

    Following on from the success of our Sunflower Stories video series, we've launched a new podcast – the Sunflower Conversations.

    The Sunflower Conversations delve into the depths of the issue being discussed and offers an understanding of the Sunflower's role in supporting people with hidden disabilities. Our hosts discussions with our guests not only offer a personal account of disability, disposing of myths and correcting public perception, but they also expose the affect that disability can have on education, employment and relationships.

     

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