Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious, such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, visual or hearing impairment. Living with a hidden disability (also known as an invisible disability or a non-visible 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. By wearing the Sunflower you can be visible, when you choose to be seen as the lanyard is a discreet indication to people around you that you have a non-visible disability and you may need additional support, help or more time.

But what if you misplace your lanyard, card or wristband? Do you have a spare?

Why should you have a spare Sunflower card?

People buy more than one of lots of things for example, you may have two sets of glasses, for those occasions when you cannot find one set, they break or you leave them behind at the office or a friends house. So why should your Sunflower card be any different?

You may already be well-prepared and organised but not everyone thinks to order a spare Sunflower card until something happens to their original card and they suddenly find themselves without the extra support that the Sunflower affords them.

Ordering a spare Sunflower card when you purchase your original, is less time-consuming, less costly and simpler than ordering a new one should you misplace or damage your first one.

What to do if you lose your card?

The experience of losing your ‘Make it yours’ Sunflower card can be distressing and without a spare one, you are left with no other alternative but to go out without it. If this happens to you, remember you can pick up a free Sunflower lanyard from participating businesses which can be found on our locator map, to bridge the gap but you may need to explain the type of support you need to those around you.

Order a new card from our store - We're offering a 10% discount to everyone that orders two ‘Make it yours’ Sunflower cards at the same time. And we'll increase this discount to 30% on three or more cards. This also means that you'll avoid having to pay postage twice.

Providing peace of mind

Once you have a spare Sunflower card, you will no longer need to worry if you misplace your Sunflower card, as you have a backup option. If you need to be somewhere, you can use your spare card and find the missing one later when you have the time to do so.

We understand that the experience of losing your ‘Make it yours’ Sunflower card can be distressing and without a spare card, you may not be confident to go out as you may need to explain the type of assistance you need. The spare Sunflower card provides a sense of security as you always have an additional one by your side.

What is the ‘Make it Yours’ Sunflower card?

Here at Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, we believe that while everyone is equal, we are not all the same. As part of our commitment to helping you feel confident that you will be supported with the extra time, care, patience or understanding that you may need we created a range of Sunflower cards that you can make your own. Whether your hidden disability is sight loss or a hearing impairment, not being able to stand for long periods of time or needing urgent access to toilet facilities, you can now discreetly highlight the type of support and care you might need.

With the Make it Yours cards you can:

1. Add your photo

2. Add your name

3. Add details of the type of help you need

4. Add icons -use one of our icons to provide a quick visual cue about the type of support you need. Check out our free poster that provides an overview of all the icons

5.Add an emergency contact.

How do I get a Sunflower card?

You can order all of cards, including the Make it Yours card, from our online store. And don't forget, if you order two you get a discount of 10%, if you order three your discount increases to 30%.

Shop the cards here