Cllr John Hunt – County, District and Parish Councillor

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme

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Upon leaving a council meeting in Taunton recently, I ‘bumped into’ my friends from My Day, who for those of you that don’t know, are an outcome based support service, for Adults with Learning Difficulties. They alerted my attention to the green Lanyards, decorated with bright yellow Sunflowers, that they were wearing.

So what is the significance of these Lanyards?

Back in 2016 staff at London Gatwick Airport asked “How can we recognise that one of our passengers may have a non-obvious disability?”. The solution was to create a lanyard with a simple sunflower design on a green background. It was intended to be a subtle but visible sign enabling airport staff to recognise that the wearer (or someone with them) may require some extra help, time or assistance when moving through the airport, thus the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard was born.

Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious, such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, visual or hearing impairment. Living with a hidden disability can make daily life more demanding for many people, but it can be difficult for others to recognise, acknowledge or understand the challenges you face.

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.

For further information about the Sunflower Scheme…

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