We are delighted that The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) launched the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to allow travellers with non-visible disabilities to self-identify their possible need for additional assistance from personnel at Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport. The “Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program” is a voluntary program in which individuals can request a free Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard, which when worn allows travellers with hidden disabilities to discreetly indicate they might need additional assistance from airport employees, such as the extra time needed at check-in or security, escorting to gates, or assistance with reading signage or other common airport procedures.

“Providing the best passenger experience is the goal of everyone at Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation. “As part of that commitment we are launching the “Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program” to allow passengers with hidden disabilities to discreetly inform airport personnel of their possible need for additional assistance or extra time to complete a task when traveling through an airport.”

“The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower has helped increase awareness of the challenges adults and children with hidden disabilities can face, especially when faced with the challenges that can accompany travel through airports,” said RIAC Board Chair Jonathan N. Savage. “Hidden Disabilities Sunflower wearers can benefit from help being offered to make their daily living a little easier, increasing their level of comfort while receiving a higher level of customer service from airport staff.”

Passengers can request a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program lanyard via an online application at https://www.pvdairport.com/terminal/sunflower-program , by calling Customer Service at 401-691-2000 or emailing at [email protected]

No documentation is required for those requesting the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard. Participation is voluntary, and passengers do not need to disclose the nature of their disability. Passengers may choose to disclose their disability on the card, but they do not have to. Wearing a lanyard DOES NOT guarantee fast tracking through security or any preferential treatment. Passengers will still be required to arrange special assistance with their airlines and TSA Cares.