Reflections on Supporting The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme

As part of our support and membership of Solsikkeprogrammet – the Danish division of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme, our team had the opportunity not only to get acquainted with the organisation, but also to receive training and valuable information about what are hidden disabilities and how they can best assist someone wearing the sunflower lanyard.

For most of us that weren’t aware of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme, or even had a good understanding of what a hidden disability is, our membership was a way of reflecting on the space people with visible and invisible disabilities have in our communities.

It also sparked conversations about the way hidden disabilities are often overlooked in the medical field and how the sunflower symbol can help medical personnel to improve the quality of care they provide. Supporting Solsikkeprogrammet, made us more aware of how differently everyone is experiencing daily life, and it gave also some perspective on how much the term invisible disability covers.

There was also a lot of reflection on how hidden disabilities impact people’s work life and careers and how the Sunflower Scheme can provide tools and guidance on making the workplace a place where everyone can thrive.

Some of us, expressed concerns about how little consideration is given to hidden disabilities in our society and reflected on the different ways this can be changed, with the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme being one of them.

It was fascinating to see the positive effect our membership of Solsikkeprogrammet has had on our team so far and we are excited to see how it will continue to affect us as a team and as individuals.

We would like to invite you once more to find out more about the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme and considering supporting their work and contributing to creating communities where everyone is seen.