Hidden Disability Sunflowers

What is the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower?

The ‘Sunflower’  is a global symbol for non-visible disabilities. The Sunflower is a way for people with hidden disabilities to let those around them know that they might need extra help, understanding, or just more time. Hidden disabilities come in many different forms. Some of our wearers live with chronic pain, Tourette’s, ADHD, and a lot of other conditions that aren’t immediately visible.

Individuals can become Sunflower supporters by undergoing training about hidden disabilities and the Sunflower – this is done via a business joining the initiative. 


How Did the Sunflower Come to the MSA? 

We officially launched the Sunflower during EDI week in 2022 after being approached by the programme. Since then, we have given out a whole lot of Sunflower lanyards and trained OBs, members of clubs and societies, UHS staff and tutors. 


How Can You Get Involved with the Sunflower? 

For those who wish to wear the Sunflower, we always have lanyards in our lounge, you are welcome to take one. 

For allies we plan to continue to expand the Sunflower Training to be available to more and more staff and students. 


What’s Next? 

We will continue to advocate for the Sunflower to be introduced across the university and for all staff to undergo the Sunflower Training. We see this as an important step towards developing broader training around disability and accessibility.

Charlotte Sutton

The author Charlotte Sutton

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