University of Nottingham Students’ Union supports Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme


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The University of Nottingham has officially committed to supporting the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard scheme.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard scheme aims to raise awareness of invisible disabilities, and be a discreet indicator that the wearer has a hidden disability (or disabilities) that may mean they need more understanding, time, and support. Hidden disabilities cover everything from neurodiversity to invisible chronic pain disorders, like fibromyalgia, to epilepsy to mental health issues. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, these lanyards are also used to let disabled students whose health issues may not be visible - show that they are exempt from wearing a face-covering on campus.

Work to introduce this scheme to the Students’ Union and the University was started last year by the then Disabled Students Officer, Beth Titchiner. It is my pleasure to announce that thanks to her hard work (and the work of numerous other staff members), the Students’ Union will be officially part of this scheme and offering the lanyards on all UK campuses! Students will not be required to provide any proof of disability (medical or otherwise) to obtain a sunflower lanyard. This is to assure all students who need them to have access to the scheme regardless of diagnosis or lack thereof. This is a huge step forward in disability awareness and accessibility on campus, and we are very excited to start this off!

A huge thank you to everyone who made this possible. The lanyards are available at Spar, Jubilee Campus and Costcutter, Sutton Bonington. They will also be available at Reception in the Welcome Zone, Portland Building, upon reopening. For now, if you’re on University Park, the University are making them available at Student Support Services. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to the scheme, please get in touch with Maxime, the Disabled Students’ Officer, via their email sudisabledofficer@nottingham.ac.uk

 

Maxime Ryder  

Disabled Students’ Officer

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