Isle of Man Airport has adopted the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower in a drive to foster a more inclusive and accessible environment for all travellers.
The globally-recognised initiative creates a welcoming atmosphere for individuals with non-visible disabilities, such as autism, anxiety, dementia, or hearing or sight impairments, to name just a few.
The Sunflower is a discreet tool, that can be worn as a Sunflower lanyard, pin badge or wristband by individuals with non-visible disabilities. This signals to the airport team that they may require additional support or understanding during their time at the airport.
Recognising the importance of awareness and education, Isle of Man Airport is launching a campaign to inform both staff and passengers about the Sunflower.
Gary Cobb, Airport Director, said:
"We are proud to embrace the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, reaffirming our dedication to creating an airport environment that is inclusive and supportive of all individuals. By raising awareness and understanding, we hope to make the travel experience smoother and more enjoyable for everyone.
To underscore this commitment, we extend an invitation to passengers with any disability to visit the airport before their scheduled flight. This offer is designed to provide the opportunity for individuals to familiarise themselves with the airport environment and gain reassurance, confidence and insight into what their journey will look like."
Paul White, CEO, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower said:
“It is fantastic that the Isle of Man airport has joined the global Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network. The Isle of Man is an incredible destination, and using the Sunflower to help identify customers with non-visible disabilities means that passengers will be offered the support they require when visiting.”
Passengers can request a Sunflower lanyard from the airport information desk, subject to stock levels. And pre-flight familiarisation sessions can be arranged. The Isle of Man airport wants to work with its customers and welcomes feedback and suggestions. Please email [email protected].