Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around you including staff, colleagues & health professionals that you may need additional support, help or a little more time.
UUSU understands that not all disabilities are visible. Some are hidden and not immediately obvious, such as learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. Living with a hidden 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. Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around you including staff, colleagues and health professionals that you may need additional support, help or a little more time.
Since its launch in 2016, the Sunflower Lanyard has been adopted by many Universities as well as major airports and venues and in the UK. Earlier this year after policy passed at its Student Council, UUSU worked with Ulster University to introduce these to our own campuses. Anyone with an hidden disability can access these and this includes where you feel unable to wear a mask due to your disability or medical condition, despite the increased risk of Covid transmission. If you can wear a mask, please do, especially when on campus or when unable to socially distance from others, but if you need an exemption please apply for a Sunflower lanyard as this alerts everyone on campus to the fact that you may be exempt.
To apply for a Sunflower Lanyard takes five minutes and is done by completing the online form. The lanyard can then be picked up at the campus of your choice. With many accessing lanyards since the scheme started, and with the return to campus for our members, this scheme has never been as important so we would urge those that are eligible to apply for the lanyard today.
Please note students are not required to join the Sunflower Lanyard scheme, this is voluntary. The University also has a card scheme. If you wish to apply for a card instead please complete this form
It is not necessary for a student who has availed of either scheme to display the lanyard or card visibly, students could keep in their pocket and if approached and reminded/asked about face-coverings they can then show either.