In the UK, 1 in 5 of us are disabled. That’s 14 million of us. While some of us experience a disability that is visible, many of us have a non-visible impairment or condition.
These non-visible disabilities, also known as invisible or hidden disabilities are not immediately obvious. They can be physical, mental or neurological and include, but are not limited to, autism and Asperger syndrome, cognitive impairments such as learning difficulties and dementia, as well as mental health conditions and speech, visual impairments or hearing loss. They also include respiratory and chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, chronic pain and sleep disorders when these significantly impact day-to-day life.
And often, many people experience a combination of both visible and non-visible impairments and conditions.
Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean that it is not there
We believe that the more we all understand about non-visible disabilities, the more we can help to improve the lives of people experiencing them. So to raise awareness of the wide range of non-visible disabilities that our Sunflower wearers experience, we are building an index of disabilities that have few or no outwards visible signs. Alongside the Sunflower training we provide, you can now explore how you can support Sunflower wearers and consider workplace accommodations for your colleagues and customers based on their specific hidden disability. Explore the Sunflower index and if your impairment or condition is not listed, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.