The Government's first phase COVID-19 vaccination priority groups ensure that the elderly, healthcare workers and the vulnerable are at the front of the queue. But what about those with a Hidden Disability?
People with hidden disabilities could experience significant challenges during the COVID-19 vaccination process. These challenges could range from anxiety, an inability to process and retain information, issues caused by visual and hearing impairments; through to not being able to stand for long periods of time or having limited access to toilet facilities.
It's International Day of People With Disabilities. Today we join together to support and celebrate people living with disability in our communities. This anthology of poetry is a collection of engaging insights into a wide range of hidden disabilities. Entitled 'Hidden Disabilities and Me', the anthology forms part of our mission to raise awareness of hidden disabilities and the impact they have on people’s daily lives.
We are delighted that Heathrow Express have joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, supporting people with a hidden disability to travel with confidence.
Heathrow Express said: "We know that travelling isn't easy for everyone, including those with a hidden disability. We believe everyone should be empowered to travel with confidence, and this is why we've joined the Hidden Disability Sunflower Scheme."
NHS Surrey Heartlands have today adopted the Sunflower, providing those with a hidden disability with a sunflower lanyard or wristband if they chose to make their disability visible to those around them.
NHS Surrey: 'We're proud to participate in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme. Those with a hidden disability can wear a sunflower lanyard or wristband to make their disability visible to those around them.'
We're delighted to announce that the University of Reading has joined a growing number of Universities that now recognise the Sunflower.
The University of Reading is signing up to this optional scheme as part of its wider disability awareness campaign.
This Christmas the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is supporting @alAlzheimer's Society - South East England, People First Dorset and Sight Support Ryedale. For every candle, bauble, poetry book and teddy sold we will donate £1 to the respective charity.
We are delighted that Pearson becomes the first airport in Canada to offer the Sunflower Lanyard Program. Pearson is focused on becoming more inclusive for passengers of all ages and abilities in order to provide a world-
Morrisons becomes the latest major UK supermarket to introduce the Sunflower Scheme to acknowledge its customers who have a hidden disability and may need some extra time, care or patience whilst shopping.