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Making the invisible visible

Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious, such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, visual or hearing impairment. Living with a non-visible disability, also known as a hidden disability or an invisible disability, can make daily life more demanding for many people, but it can be difficult for others to identify, acknowledge or understand the challenges you face.

Your Sunflower space

As the Sunflower grows, we are creating a space that allows our Sunflower community to come together and connect.

This is where you, our Sunflower wearers can discover where you can shop, travel or be entertained with the Sunflower by your side. It is also a space to be heard and a space to listen through Sunflower Conversations and Stories, articles and our invisible disabilities index. 

Be visible when you choose to be seen

Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around you including staff, colleagues and health professionals that you have a non-visible disability and you may need additional support, help or more time.

How can wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower benefit you?

You may find that people around you may ask what they can do to assist you, and you or your carer can use your Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to tell people who are aware of the Sunflower about the additional help you may need.


Do I qualify to wear the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower?

There is no qualifying list of hidden disabilities. If you have a hidden disability and feel that you would benefit from wearing a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower product, please do. The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower does not entitle you to anything other than identifying that you have a hidden disability and that you may need some assistance, help, or a little more time. It is NOT a pass to be fast-tracked nor for any other benefit.

Where can I find a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower product?

We feel that it is important that everyone who has a non-visible disability and who would benefit from wearing a lanyard is able to access one. Sunflower Lanyards are available free of charge to customers from businesses and organisations who are members of Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. As some people may be unable to travel to collect a free Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard or would prefer to have them delivered, you can order directly from our online store .

Only the official Hidden Disabilities Sunflower design is universally and quickly recognised. Hidden Disabilities Sunflower products are strictly not for resale by individuals, businesses, or organisations - they are intended to be donated by businesses and organisations to their customers free of charge.

How can you help to spread the word?

Share information about the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower with local organisations and businesses that you regularly visit. Encourage them to visit this website and to acknowledge the scheme. We have awareness posters and digital signatures, which you can download for free and either print at home or add to your email or social media pages.