In the UK, one in five people have a disability. 80% of these people have what’s known as a hidden disability.
This is any disability that isn’t immediately obvious, usually this means that they don’t have any physical signs.
They can include:
- Learning disabilities
- Mental health problems
- Sensory impairments, such as issues with hearing, speech and vision
- Lung conditions like asthma or COPD
- Chronic illnesses that affect day to day life, such as diabetes or sleep disorders
- Neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD or ASD
Living with any disability can make everyday life difficult for some people, this can be made harder when others can’t acknowledge a disability because it is hidden. A sunflower lanyard is to make others aware that you have a hidden disability, and that you may need some assistance, help, or a little more time.
There is no qualifying list of hidden disabilities. If you or your child have a hidden disability and feel that you would benefit from wearing a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower product, you can purchase one here. They may also be available to collect at certain hospitals in the UK.
Hidden disabilities store – What is a hidden disability?