Billing Brook School

Sunflower Lanyard Scheme

Assisting adults and children with hidden disabilities

The Sunflower Lanyard Scheme® was originally created to act as a discreet sign to staff and work colleagues that the wearer (or somebody who is with them) has a hidden disability and requires additional assistance. 

The Sunflower Lanyard Scheme® was first launched at Gatwick Airport in May 2016. It has now been adopted in the UK by most of the major airport, supermarket and railway companies, as well as in the NHS. Each day, many more organisations are joining the scheme and it is starting to be known globally. With this increased awareness, Sunflower Lanyard wearers benefit more widely from help being offered to make their daily living a little easier.

How can wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower benefit you?

Wearing the Sunflower Lanyard indicates to people around you that help may be required, and that help may be different for each person. You can use the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to tell people about the type of assistance you need – it may be as simple as a little more time. There is no qualifying list to being able to access a lanyard as we do not exclude people who have yet to be diagnosed and whose daily life is made more challenging by their hidden disability. If you feel that you are unable to have a conversation with a member of staff due to your condition, perhaps consider writing down the type of help you might need so that you can hand it to them.


Lanyards and other items can be purchased from the following website: 

Wrist bands are available too; we welcome them to be worn in school as opposed to the Lanyards.