Hidden Disabilities Sunflower: Making the Invisible Visible
Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard allows people with disabilities that are not immediately obvious to discreetly indicate to others – such as airport staff, colleagues, and health professionals – that they may need extra support, care, and time.
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower was established in the UK in 2016 to assist adults and children with hidden disabilities such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, and visual and hearing impairments. Since then, it has been adopted globally by major airports and venues, and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations.
It’s estimated that one in five New Zealanders has a disability and 80 per cent of those are invisible ones. People with hidden disabilities experience challenges as they travel or visit facilities around the country.
Read on to find out how you can support this important movement.
Buy Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards
Your Way | Kia Roha, including Altogether Autism and Mobility Centre, is an authorised New Zealand distributor for Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. The lanyard can be purchased from your local Mobility Centre.
Phone: 0800 243 866
Organisations Can Join the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme
Your organisation can become a member of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme.
- Access to the Sunflower training so your team can identify the Sunflower, gain an understanding of what a non-visible disability is, and become confident to approach and support people who are wearing a Sunflower.
- Your organisation location added to the Sunflower location map, so that our Sunflower wearers can discover your organisation.
- Media pack and support during your launch to your organisation.
- Discounts on Sunflower products.
To find out more about becoming a member, simply talk to us at Your Way | Kia Roha:
Phone: 0800 008 011
Sunflower Training for Businesses and Organisations
Your Way | Kia Roha offers training to businesses and organisations who are members of the Sunflower scheme and want to welcome and support wearers of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyards.