Support while you’re out and about with the sunflower lanyard
If you have a disability that may not be immediately obvious but would appreciate support from staff in UK airports, certain railways, supermarkets or visitor attractions, then you may be interested to know there is a lanyard you can wear to signal this. The lanyard, which is entirely voluntary for people with hidden disabilities and their families, acts as a discreet sign for staff that additional support or help may be required. The hidden disabilities lanyard is also called the “sunflower lanyard” because of its appearance – a strip of green with a pattern of yellow sunflowers. Once you get one, it is yours to keep and use for future travels, shopping trips and outings where the scheme is recognised.
How to get a lanyard:
- Airports: If you’re due to fly from a major UK airport, you should be able to ask for a lanyard from an airport assistance desk, or order it in advance, depending on your chosen airport. Find out more about the best way of getting the lanyard by contacting the airport before you travel.
- Supermarkets: If you happen to shop in any of the Sainsbury’s or Tesco stores running the trial, you can request the lanyard at the customer service desk of larger stores or the checkout at smaller ones.
- Visitor attractions: Ask at the tills or information points.
- Alternatively, you can purchase the lanyard from the Hidden Disabilities Store.
What Are Some Common Hidden Disabilities?
- Psychiatric Disabilities: including major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Attention Deficit-Disorder or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADD/ADHD)
- Learning Disabilities (LD)
- Medical conditions associated with hidden disabilities: including short or long term, stable or progress, constant or unpredictable and fluctuating, controlled by medication and untreatable.