Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Hidden Disability?

A hidden disability is a disability that may not be immediately obvious. 

Hidden disabilities don't have physical signs and include learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. They can also include autism, dementia, reduced visibility, asthma, COPD, and other lung conditions as well as chronic illnesses such as renal failure, diabetes, and sleep disorders when those diseases significantly impact day-to-day life. 

Living with these conditions can make daily life more demanding for many people. They affect each person in different ways and can be painful, exhausting, and isolating. Without visible evidence of the hidden disability, it is frequently difficult for others to recognize or acknowledge the challenges faced and as a consequence, sympathy and understanding can often be in short supply. 

2. Do I qualify to wear the Hidden Disability Sunflower?

There is no qualifying list of hidden disabilities. If you have a hidden disability and feel that you would benefit from wearing a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower product, please do. The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower does not entitle you to anything other than recognizing that you have a hidden disability and that you may need some assistance, help, or a little more time. It is NOT a pass to be fast-tracked nor for any other benefit. 

3. Do I need to provide evidence of my hidden disability or invisible illness?

There is no need to provide evidence to wear a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. It is meant to highlight that you have a hidden disability and does not entitle you to anything. It’s simply there to show that you may need assistance or just a little more time and not is not a fast pass. 


In some cases, an official diagnosis can take a long time. We feel it would be unfair and unkind for someone who was currently undiagnosed but struggling and needing help to be excluded. So, proof or evidence is not required to obtain a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower product. 

4. Is this Sunflower lanyard mainly for children with Autism?

Many parents and carers of children with Autism are using it, but it is not restricted to just one group. Anyone who considers themselves to have a hidden disability is welcome to use it if they feel it will help them. 

5. Is the Sunflower Lanyard Program just for children?

This program has no age limit - it is available to be used by all ages. The parent or carer can wear the lanyard if it is not suitable for the person with the hidden disability to wear it. 

6. Is the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower recognized everywhere? Is it recognized worldwide?

Please click here for a list of all participating business/entities.  

7. What does the Sunflower Lanyard cost?

The Lanyard is free of charge and can be collected via the CAP registered foundationsIf you have additional questions or your foundation is not mentioned here, please contact us via [email protected].

8. Where can I collect the Sunflower Lanyard?

The Lanyard is free of charge and can be collected at the CAP registered foundations.  If you have additional questions or your foundation is not mentioned here, please contact us via [email protected]