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Sunflowers indicate hidden disabilities

In May 2016 a scheme was launched at Gatwick Airport to promote the sunflower (Helianthus annuus) as a symbol to indicate that its wearer had a hidden disability.  It was chosen ‘to reflect the idea of confidence, growth and strength shown by people with hidden disabilities, as well as introducing happiness and positivity’.

Since 2016 the scheme has extended to cover Britain and some other parts of the world.

Images:  upper, entrance door to The Higgins [Museum] Bedford, August 2021; lower entrance to shop Osborne House, Isle of Wight, August 2023.

Updated 22 August 2023.

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