Making the invisible, visible

Creating inclusive and accessible experiences for individuals of all ages and abilities is a priority of The Calgary Airport Authority (The Authority). As part of this commitment, they have joined the global Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program to  Calgary International Airport (YYC).

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is a globally recognized program that helps individuals with hidden disabilities discreetly identify themselves to those around them and indicate that they may need additional support, patience, or simply more time.

Chris Miles, Vice President, Operations & Infrastructure for The Calgary Airport Authority said:

"We are thrilled to bring the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to YYC. Travelling can be a stressful experience for anyone, but for those with hidden disabilities, it can be particularly challenging. This program will help us provide a welcoming and inclusive airport experience for all of our guests."

Paul White, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower said:

"We are delighted to welcome Calgary International Airport (YYC) to the global Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network. It is important that passengers with non-visible disabilities feel supported during their journey, whether it is the beginning, middle or end of their travels. YYC have committed time and passion to implement the training to ensure that Sunflower wearers are recognised by their staff to receive the additional help, understanding and kindness they need.”

Passengers can pick up their Sunflower items, including a lanyard, pin, and/or ID card, from Information on the Arrivals level, beside Door 9, or by requesting items a minimum of two weeks in advance using YYC’s Accessible Support Request Form. Wearing the Sunflower signals to those around them that the wearer may need extra support or understanding during their journey.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program has been adopted by airports and other organizations around the world and has been praised for its ability to create inclusive environments for individuals with hidden disabilities.

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Is your organisation a member of the Sunflower network?

Is your place of work Sunflower friendly? If not, why not suggest they look into becoming members of the Sunflower? We provide training and assistance to help businesses recognise the Sunflower to support individuals with non-visible disabilities and become confident in providing them with additional help or assistance.

Join an impressive network of organisations so our Sunflower wearers can find you as they plan their days out:

  • add your location to the Sunflower location map
  • provide details useful for Sunflower-friendly visits
  • demonstrate how accessible you are
  • tell your story through articles
  • and even reveal your Sunflower-friendly events

Become a member of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network.