Not all disabilities are visible

Some impairment and conditions are not immediately obvious and include autism, chronic pain, and learning difficulties as well as mental health conditions, mobility, speech impairments, and sensory loss such as speech, sight loss, hearing loss, or deafness. They also include respiratory conditions as well as chronic conditions such as diabetes, chronic pain, and sleep disorders when these significantly impact day-to-day life.

Living with an invisible disability can make daily life more demanding but, without visual cues, it can be difficult for others to identify, acknowledge or understand the barriers you might face. So you can  choose to wear the Sunflower to discreetly indicate that you have a non-visible disability and you may need additional support, help or simply a little more time.

How can wearing the Sunflower benefit you?
You may find that people around you may ask what they can do to assist you, and you can use your Sunflower to tell people who are aware of the Sunflower about the additional type of help you may need.

Do you qualify to wear the Sunflower?
There is no qualifying list of invisible disabilities. If you have a non-visible disability, you can choose to wear the Sunflower to indicate that you may need additional support, help or simply a little more time. The Sunflower is not a pass to be fast-tracked nor does it entitle you for any other benefit.

Where can you find a Sunflower lanyard?
We feel that it is important that everyone who has a non-visible disability and who would benefit from wearing a Sunflower lanyard is able to access one.

Sunflower lanyards are available free of charge to customers from businesses and organisations who are members of the Sunflower and have trained their colleagues to recognise the Sunflower and support those who choose to wear it. Sunflower products are strictly not for resale by individuals, businesses, or organisations.

Some people may be unable to travel to collect a free Sunflower lanyard or prefer to have them delivered directly to them, we have made them available to directly from our online store .

Your Sunflower space

As the Sunflower grows, we are creating a space that allows our Sunflower community to come together and connect.

Find Sunflower-friendly spaces

Our Sunflower map is where you, our Sunflower wearers can discover where you can shop, travel or be entertained with the Sunflower by your side.

A space to be heard and a space to listen

It is also a space to be heard and a space to listen through Sunflower Conversations, articles and our invisible disabilities index