Hidden Disabilities

Below is a messaged shared by the Neighborhood Alert Team

Good afternoon Walsall, I would like to make you aware of the The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower initiative launched in 2016 for people with hidden disabilities. Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they need additional support, help or a little more time. Since its launch in 2016, it has now been adopted globally by major airports and venues and in the UK, by many supermarkets, railway and coach stations, leisure facilities, the NHS, a number of police, fire and ambulance services, and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations. From 24 July, face coverings are mandatory in shops in England. Wear one if you can, but please be conscious that there are exceptions for certain conditions and hidden disabilities. These include:

  • having a health condition where a face covering would cause difficulty, pain or severe distress or anxiety

  • not being able to apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently

  • needing to communicate with someone else who relies on lip reading

When you carry a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower face covering exempt card, you are indicating that you have a hidden disability and have a good reason not to wear a face covering. Please click here for a short video For further information: The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower for people with hidden disabilities Walsall Police

Message Sent By Andrew Ryan (Police, Engagement & Consultation Officer, Walsall NPU)