Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all
The Sunflower Project
What is the Sunflower Project?
Some disabilities, conditions or chronic illnesses are not immediately obvious to others. For some people, this can make it hard to understand and believe that someone, with a “non-visible” condition genuinely needs support. Some people question whether you have a disability because you don’t look ‘like you have a disability".
That is why the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower was created- to encourage inclusivity, acceptance and understanding.
It is a simple tool for you to share that you have a hidden disability voluntarily. Simply by wearing the Sunflower, you’re just letting everyone know that you might need extra help, understanding, or just more time.
We are proud to support the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower
The Sunflower - always here to support you
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is here every day of the year to support people living with non-visible disabilities in their communities by raising awareness, training businesses and sharing stories to help create a more inclusive, understanding society.
Since its launch in 2016, businesses from every sector have been joining the global Sunflower network - ranging from retail, travel and tourism, transport including over 200 airports - as well as railway networks, coach and bus services and ferries, education (universities, schools and colleges), healthcare, central and local government agencies to football teams, theme parks, theatres and financial institutions.
The Sunflower has now been launched locally in Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Latin America, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK, the UAE and the USA.
Find out where it is known near you using the Sunflower map
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower makes you visible
An estimated 1.3 billion people experience some form of disability. This represents 16% of the world’s population or 1 in 6 of us. That figure is increasing due to a growing and ageing population combined with medical advances. For many that disability is not visible and is acquired at some point in their life. It’s the largest minority group in the world, and it’s one that any of us can join at any time.
Persons with disabilities find inaccessible and unaffordable transportation 15 times more difficult than those without disabilities.
Only 17% of people with disability were born with their disabilities. An estimated 240 million children live with disability globally