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Hidden Disabilities

Find out more about the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to supporting all staff and students including those who have a non-visible disability. Learn more about the University's membership to the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower and the support available for students.

What is the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower?

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower was launched in the UK in 2016 and the Sunflower is now a recognised symbol for non-visible disabilities. Many people with a non-visible disability choose to wear a Sunflower lanyard, pin badge or wristband to indicate that they may need extra help, understanding, or just more time.

Sunflower lanyard

What is a Non-Visible Disability?

A non-visible disability is a disability that is not always visible by looking at or talking to someone. This could be a learning difficulty, mental health condition, mobility, speech, visual, or hearing impairment. Non-visible disabilities can be permanent or temporary and some non-visible disabilities do not present all the time, for example, migraines or Crohn's disease.  Learn more about non-visible disabilities

How can I request a Sunflower lanyard from the University?

For registered students who consider themselves to have a non-visible disability and feel that they would benefit from a Sunflower lanyard, please request a lanyard by completing the form below:

I don't have a non-visible disability. Can I have a Sunflower lanyard?

No. The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyards are exclusively for staff and students with a non-visible disability. 

A person is wearing a Sunflower lanyard, can I ask them about it?

The Sunflower lanyard triggers a simple question ‘How can I help you?' 

You may sensitively ask the person if there is anything that you can do to help them. But be mindful that not everybody who has a non-visible disability requires help or additional support, so it is important to not make assumptions. It is not appropriate to ask the person about why they are wearing a Sunflower, as many people may not feel comfortable sharing this information.

I have a question about the Sunflower, who do I contact?

Please contact the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Office via 

I have a question about disability support at Herts, who do I contact?

Please contact Student Wellbeing via

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