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Supporting people with hidden disabilities

Hospitals are busy environments and can be stressful for many people, particularly if you have a disability.

If you have a disability that isn’t immediately obvious to our staff – such as autism, dementia, a hearing impairment, anxiety, or any invisible disability – you may choose to wear a hidden disability sunflower lanyard during your time with us.

When you wear the lanyard, our staff will recognise you have an invisible disability and that you may need a little extra help or time.

What is the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower?

The sunflower is a globally recognised symbol for non-visible or hidden disabilities.

The Sunflower Programme() offers people a discreet way to show that they have a hidden disability and may need a little extra support, guidance, or time with the healthcare process. For more information on the Sunflower Lanyard, watch this video.

How can I get one?

You can purchase a sunflower lanyard from Hidden Disabilities.() Once you have your lanyard, you can use it for future journeys or outings wherever the scheme is recognised.