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Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard

Wearing a Sunflower lanyard (or lapel pin or bracelet) is a way for someone with a hidden disability (e.g., individuals with dementia, autism spectrum, hearing deficits, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, speech difficulties, general aging-related decline, etc.) to discretely self-identify as someone who might require extra assistance, a bit of patience and/or more time from staff or colleagues. Wearing the Sunflower does not entitle anyone to special privileges.

Anyone can get a free Sunflower item from participating businesses or services. Businesses and service providers who participate in the Sunflower program donate the Sunflower lanyards to customers who request them. The employees of the participating businesses or services are trained to provide special assistance to people wearing the Sunflower.

Details about the Sunflower are available at www.hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/us

 and https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/us/ourhistory.

Personal stories about the value of wearing the Sunflower are found at https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/blog/category/sunflower-stories  

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower originated for use in airports, but in the UK, the Sunflower is now recognized in many sectors: transportation (all major UK airports, buses, trains), retail services, financial services, National Health Service clinics, football leagues, etc.

As of the beginning of 2021, at least 10 major airports in the US participate in the Sunflower program. In contrast to the UK, airports are the only US sector currently participating in this program. The Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group (DFAWG), based in Minnesota, believes that the greater use for this program is to increase hidden disability awareness and civil behavior in the general population. To this end, DFAWG has begun to identify US business and service sectors that might participate in this program, and allies in the hidden disabilities communities who might assist with these requests.

On January 11, 2021, DFAWG submitted a request to the Target Corporation to adopt the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program. Target was selected because it is a national retailer with demonstrated dedication to diversity and inclusion. Target has stores in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Seventy five percent of the U.S. population lives within 10 miles of a Target store. DFAWG thinks that Target’s adoption of the Sunflower Program would be a game changer for recognition of and civility towards people living with hidden disabilities.

If you agree with this position, please send an email to the Target Corporation Corporate Responsibility Team at CorporateResponsibility@target.com

Please address the following in your email:

a.) Identify yourself, your organization, and your location.

b.) State your support for this effort.

c.) Explain your reasons for supporting this effort.

If you are interested in becoming an ally in the effort to expand the adoption of the Sunflower Program in more sectors of US society, please send an email to dementiafriendlyairports@gmail.com  with the Subject: Sunflower Allies

Please include the following in your email:

a.) Identify yourself, your organization, and your location.

b.) State your support for this effort.

c.) Explain your reasons for supporting this effort.

Sara Barsel, Aging Activist

Submitted by Aging Activist Sara Barsel, Ph.D. Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group, organizer, Actively, working to improve travel conditions for people living with dementia and their care partners. www.dementiafriendlyairports.com

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Amazing Progress in Efforts to Make Airports Dementia Friendly

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Today Lori La Bey, host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio talks with some of the team from the Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group. They are – Sara Barsel the Organizer of the Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group and members Paula Rice Biever, Carol Giuliani (Senior Travel Companion Services) and John-Richard Pagan who is also Living with dementia.  The group will share information on why and how they were formed and all of the great progress they have made in the past year.  This will be a wonderful and informative show.

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 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

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Traveling with Dementia – Airport Stories Survey

Times are Changing – Be Part of the Change!

I’m so proud to announce our Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group is Launching a Survey to Research How to Make Airports More Dementia-Friendly!

We Need Your HelpDementia Travel Data is Lacking

Our Twin Cities Minnesota Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group has launched an online survey, Traveling with Dementia – Airport Stories Survey, to gather information and stories about air travel experiences from persons with dementia and their care partners.

The Working Group is made up of researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and a group of area residents, professionals in aging and dementia services, Australian researchers responsible for the Brisbane Airport’s dementia-friendly designation, and others. The effort is organized and led by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (Rsvl A/D).

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The motivation for the Traveling with Dementia – Airport Stories Survey is the recognition that airports are often difficult places to be for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Navigating security and dealing with the noise and crowds can lead to anxiety and confusion. While there are many anecdotes about air travel experiences of people living with dementia, there is almost no hard data. This survey is designed to address that gap, and will hopefully lead to improved services.

The survey covers travelers’ experiences, from booking flights to arriving at their destination, and encompasses travel within and outside the U.S. Respondents will remain anonymous.

The Survey is available at http://bit.ly/DementiaFriendlyAirports through Sept. 15, 2019.

The survey project began in 2018, when , a dementia-caregiver researcher at the University of Minnesota, was lecturing in Australia. He learned of Brisbane Airport’s dementia-friendly designation and met the Australian researchers responsible for this work. Gaugler contacted Rsvl A/D founder Sara Barsel and suggested that Rsvl A/D lead similar efforts locally. Barsel proposed a collaboration with the Brisbane Airport project’s lead researcher, Dr. Maria O’Reilly, and the Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group was organized.

“There is tremendous excitement about this effort on the part of dementia service providers, travelers and their companions dealing with dementia,” said Barsel. “Navigating airports can be daunting for anyone, but especially for people with hidden disabilities like dementia.”

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