We are delighted that Wests Tigers are now participating in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower initiative, supporting people with disabilities that may not be so obvious to the casual observer. Many people with a disability use or carry something – whether that’s a wheelchair, guide dog, hearing aid or white cane – that visibly indicates what the disability might be. But other disabilities, such as autism, dementia, mental health issues or learning difficulties, are not so obvious. Under the Hidden Disability Sunflower initiative, people with such disabilities can choose to wear a lanyard bearing a sunflower as a subtle way of letting others know that they may require additional support, assistance or a bit more time.
Wests Tigers is an NRL club based in the Inner West and South Western Sydney. The club was formed at the end of the 1999 NRL season as a result of a joint-venture between the Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies.
Wests Tigers Foundation are proud to host the NRL’s only Autism Friendly Room. For over four years and over 500 participants, this opportunity provides a safe, fun and comfortable environment for families who have a child living with a hidden disability, the opportunity to attend a Wests Tigers match. Wests Tigers are proud to partner with Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) to create this special experience for families to attend a Wests Tigers match day experience.