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Hidden Disabilities (Sunflower Scheme)

The Sunflower is for people with non-visible disabilities

A discreet way to make the invisible visible

Wearing the Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they need additional support, help or a little more time.

A global presence

Since the Sunflower was established in the UK in 2016, it has been adopted globally by organisations to support both their colleagues and customers.

The Sunflower is now recognised across a broad range of sectors - ranging from retail, financial services, transport including over 130 airports, travel and tourism as well as over 450 universities, schools and colleges, all of the UK railway network, theme parks, supermarkets, leisure facilities, healthcare, financial services, emergency services, theatres and over 350 charities.

Above all, it is used anywhere where people meet. Find out where it is known near you using our Sunflower location map

Why did we choose a sunflower?

Without a visual cue, it can be difficult for others to identify, acknowledge, or understand the daily barriers faced by people living with am invisible disability.

We wanted a discreet sign which was still clearly visible from a distance as well as being distinctive, joyful, and dynamic. We chose a sunflower as it suggests happiness, positivity, strength as well as growth and confidence and is a universally known. 

The success of the Sunflower lanyard and the positive response it has received, has increased awareness of the barriers that adults and children with invisible disabilities can face

Visit the website to find out about how to buy the Sunflower lanyard and other related products.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme

Last updated: 05 Jan 2023