This week marks Invisible Disabilities Week, which was established in 2014 by the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). This annual event aims to raise awareness about invisible disabilities not only in the UK but also across the globe. It seeks to foster a better understanding of the diverse range of conditions individuals manage daily. By enhancing people’s understanding and empathy, we can break down barriers and dispel harmful stereotypes associated with these conditions.
“Invisible disabilities” can also be referred to as “non-visible” or “hidden disabilities” because they may not be immediately apparent in a person, whether they are a child or an adult. This week is instrumental in helping people grasp the significance of these conditions, and how they affect those who live with them.
It also aims to empower people with invisible disabilities, by making them feel valued and heard, particularly if they feel underrepresented or ignored in society. It can boost their confidence to seek support in public places or while traveling, as more companies are training their staff to assist people with invisible disabilities.
We are proud to support those with invisible disabilities through our involvement in the Hidden Disabilities scheme, known for its widely recognized sunflower lanyard. People wearing the sunflower can discreetly communicate their hidden disability and request support when needed.
Here in the park, we are delighted to offer sunflower stickers upon request to our guests. These stickers serve as a signal to our team that visitors may require assistance, support, or a little extra time. When you display your sticker to our staff members, they will do their utmost to provide you with the support you need.
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