It appears that many people, especially those not connected to the disabled community, are unaware of the Sunflower Lanyard, the sign of a hidden disability. This lanyard exempts the wearer from wearing a mask.
Read this ladies experience:
Something has been bugging me. Tom and I went for a coffee yesterday; we ordered with our masks on and sat inside the shop to enjoy it (masks off). Another customer comes in without a mask, orders his coffee and cake and goes to sit outside. The lady behind makes a comment about everyone should be wearing masks, the staff back her up. If they looked at the man again, they would have seen he was wearing a bright green lanyard covered in sunflowers, it’s really hard to miss. This lanyard indicates that this man has a hidden disability and is possibly unable to wear a mask.
I hope that it was just a case of the staff not knowing about this as well as the lady who made the loud comment. I wish I had spoken up but I also didn’t want to shout across the coffee shop that the man had a disability. Perhaps we need to spread the message, especially to shops etc what this lanyard means.
If you didn’t know, look at the link:
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.
Be visible when you want to be
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.
Listen to Daisy’s sunflower story and help to educate everyone in your circle just what it means.
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