Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network

Stockholm Skavsta airport to join the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network as the first airport in Sweden

Stockholm Skavsta Airport, operated by VINCI Airports, has joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network to support people with invisible disabilities as they journey through the airport. The initiative was first launched by London Gatwick airport, also operated by VINCI Airports and the Sunflower has since become a globally recognised symbol by major transportation hubs, private organisations, sporting and entertainment facilities, health and emergency providers and more.

Stockholm Skavsta is the first airport in Sweden to offer these symbolic lanyards for customers. “Following the footsteps of other airports in the VINCI Airports network like Gatwick is a proof of our strong commitment towards inclusion and airports accessibility for all. At VINCI Airports, we want our customers to have the best possible travel experience, and we are proud that Stockholm Skavsta becomes the first airport in Sweden to participate in this scheme. We believe that with the Sunflower scheme we will create a positive travel experience for people with hidden disabilities. October is the month of awareness, and what could be a better time to launch this great initiative.” said Stockholm Skavsta Chief Executive Office, Cedric Fechter.

The Sunflower scheme at Stockholm Skavsta Airport is sponsored by CAPERO Medical AB, who is the distributor of premium stoma care products in Sweden. Capero decided to support by purchasing Sunflower lanyards for World Ostomy Day on October 2.

The lanyard, which includes a simple Sunflower image on a green background, is a discreet way to alert employees at the airport, that the passenger may require some extra support or just a little more time. The Sunflower supports people with disabilities that may not be obvious to others, such as autism, dementia, mental health issues or learning difficulties. Under the Hidden Disability Sunflower, people with invisible disabilities can choose to wear the widely recognised lanyard bearing a Sunflower logo as a subtle way of letting others know that they may require or a bit more time, kindness, patience and understanding.

The Sunflower lanyard does not automatically provide access to Fast Track or priority boarding. It is not necessary or possible to order the Sunflower lanyard before you arrive at Stockholm Skavsta Airport. Those who need a Sunflower lanyard can easily pick one up at Airport Information Desk at the airport free of charge.

Paul White, CEO Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, “We are very excited that Stockholm Skavsta Airport have joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network. Every time another airport joins it makes the world a little closer for people that have non-visible disabilities. Staff at Stockholm Skavsta Airport have taken our training and are ready to support Sunflower passengers allowing them to travel to explore or work, to reunite with family and loved ones and of course to make new memories.”

About the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme

  • The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower exists to help those with disabilities that are not immediately obvious such as autistic spectrum condition, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, visual impairment or being hard of hearing or deaf. Our aim is to help make the invisible, visible.
  • In the UK 1 in 5 people have a disability, 80% of these are invisible
  • Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they need additional support, help or a little more time.
  • The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower was established in 2016. Since then it has been adopted globally by major airports and venues and in the UK, by many supermarkets, railway and coach stations, leisure facilities, the NHS, a number of police, fire and ambulance services, and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations.
  • Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is dedicated to helping businesses identify customers with a non-obvious disability.
  • Details of how to join the scheme can be found here: https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/how-to-join
  • Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme Limited, previously owned by Tabbers Limited, is a private company. Both Tabbers and Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme are owned by Tabbers Holdings Limited. For further information please contact join@hiddendisabilitiesstore.com

About Capero Medical AB 

Capero Medical AB is a trustworthy, stable and long-term distributor importing premium quality stoma care products from Trio Healthcare, UK. Our customers shall find added value in our products and personal service. 

www.capero.se 

 

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