Solsikkeprogrammet – The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme: What should you do when seeing someone wearing the sunflower lanyard?

As part of our support and membership of Solsikkeprogrammet – the Danish division of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme, and our effort to contribute to creating a more kind and respectful space for all, we would like to share some useful points on what to do when seeing someone wearing the sunflower lanyard.

What to do when seeing someone wearing the sunflower lanyard?

When someone is choosing to wear the sunflower lanyard, that means that they have chosen to make their invisible disability visible.

What should you do when you meet someone wearing the lanyard?

  • If you are working and you can assist them, ask if you can help. If you are not working and meet someone wearing the sunflower lanyard, ask if you can assist with anything. Be aware and alert as they might have a visual impairment or might not have the confidence to approach you.
  • Be respectful. Do not ask any questions about their disability or question about their choice to wear the lanyard.
  • Be patient. They might need time to express themselves, or they might just be overwhelmed. Do not rush them.
  • Be kind. A smile can go a long way. Be encouraging and understanding.
  • Listen to what they have to say, as they know best what their needs are.
  • Be present. Give them your full attention.


For more information, please visit the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower website