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Hidden disabilities and sunflower lanyards

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  • Author: alexmantle

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.

Useful links

Hidden disabilities store – What is a hidden disability?