This year, Brighton Fringe will be recognising Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards and encouraging Brighton Fringe venues to do the same.
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is a discreet way for adults and children with hidden disabilities to show that they need additional support or just a little more time.
Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious, such as learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. Living with a hidden disability can make daily life more demanding for many people, but it can be difficult for others to recognise, acknowledge or understand the challenges you face.
Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around you including staff, colleagues and health professionals that you may need additional support, help or a little more time.
We have Sunflower Lanyards available to give to the public who need them, and we’d encourage venues to train their staff to look out for these lanyards too.
We can put venues in touch with providers to access free training videos and get their venue listed in the ‘Where is it recognised?’ section of the website.
We are hoping to get posters printed that we can share around venues to display at the box offices.
Lanyards can be collected by the public from our box office at New Road from 28 February.
You can see more about the scheme here: www.hiddendisabilitiesstore.com