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Ruils joins the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme

Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it is not there.

Globally 1 in 6 of us live with a disability. That is approximately 1.3 billion people.

But while some of us experience a disability that is visible, many have a non-visible condition or experience a combination of both visible and non-visible conditions. These disabilities can be temporary, situational or permanent.

As a Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisation, we are committed to increasing visibility and support for those with hidden disabilities. To this aim, Ruils is the newest member of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme!

The sunflower lanyard is a simple tool for disabled people to voluntarily share that they have a disability or condition that may not be immediately apparent – and that they may need a helping hand, understanding or more time. There are also white supporter lanyards, available for those who don't have hidden disabilities, but want to show their support. 

We are using the lanyards at Ruils to help those with hidden disabilities feel seen & heard and to encourage open dialogue around what support people may need. Our team and Trustees will be sporting these lanyards and providing the community with more information about the scheme when we are out and about. 

Hallie, our Campaigns and Communications Manager, had this to say about the scheme:

"The sunflower lanyard is really helpful for me. People look at me and assume that I'm not disabled and/or don't need additional support, which then makes it difficult to advocate for myself. The lanyard helps start the conversation so that, if needed, I can explain what adjustments I need."

Find out more about the scheme here.


We are offering FREE sunflower and support lanyards to all Ruils members!

Fill in this membership form, return it to and we will send you your lanyard in the post!


Campaigns and Communications Manager, Hallie with her hidden disabilities lanyard

Campaigns and Communications Manager, Hallie with her hidden disabilities lanyard