Not all disabilities can be seen, so the scheme offers people with conditions such as autism, dementia or sensory impairment a way to be discreetly identifiable, just by wearing the lanyards, pin badges or other sunflower items.
The scheme, initially used across UK airports and rail networks and recently trialled by supermarket chains Sainsbury’s and Tesco, has gathered increasing support countrywide. The free sunflower lanyards and wristbands can be requested at Eureka!, or any of the many locations now signed up to the scheme.
At Eureka!, disabled visitors can access a range of free support and services including fast-tracked admission, free admission for essential carers, use of a Changing Places facility and Chill Out Room, loan of ear defenders and regular free clubs for disabled children. And don’t forget that we launched our online sensory guide website earlier this year to help visitors with sensory conditions prepare for their visit.
How to get your Sunflower Lanyard
- People with hidden disabilities or their carers can order lanyards and other items directly from the Hidden Disabilities Store website
- You can request them from participating branches of Sainsbury’s.
- If you are flying from any of the UK’s main airports, contact them beforehand to request a lanyard.
- And we have a limited number of lanyards available at our museum reception. Please call in when we’re open to request one!