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Thoughts on Sunflower Lanyards & Blue Badge Signs...

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Jo_2022
Jo_2022 Community Volunteer Host Posts: 298 Pioneering
Many people live with invisible health conditions, and they have a legal right to receive support to have their needs met.

Sometimes a person will disclose that they have a disability, and sometimes a person will find it traumatic disclosing such sensitive details.

My thoughts regarding Sunflower Lanyards and Blue Badge Signs are positive,
and they seem like practical solutions to make life easier.

Does everyone feel comfortable openly sharing they are disabled? Does this place a disabled person in a vulnerable position to be judged by society, or targeted by criminals?    
                      

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 55,140 Disability Gamechanger
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    I've been disabled for more than 10 years but i definitely wouldn't like to wear a lanyard because i have a disability. My daughter is also disabled and she has ASD and a learning disability. I know she feels exactly the same regarding this. Each to their own, i say but it's not for me.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,562 Disability Gamechanger
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    This is a really interesting question @Jo_2022 thank you for asking :)

    As someone with a largely visible disability, for example when I'm out and about in my chair, it's obvious that I'm physically impaired in some way. When I'm on foot, my stick can act as a visual cue that I might need a seat, or struggle with steps. 

    Otherwise I think I choose to disclose my disability whenever I feel comfortable, or if the need arises. Personally I'm not sure I would wear a sunflower lanyard, as you say, it might be more relevant for those with invisible health conditions. 

    I think where there is any obvious indicator of disability or difference, this can often place us in a vulnerable position. It's when people act on their fear of difference that is most dangerous.
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  • Jo_2022
    Jo_2022 Community Volunteer Host Posts: 298 Pioneering
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    @poppy123456 I see your reasoning, thanks a million for the response. In my view I would not prefer to wear a Sunflower Lanyard all the time, although sometimes during a doctors appointment this could be a powerful tool.                 

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  • Jo_2022
    Jo_2022 Community Volunteer Host Posts: 298 Pioneering
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    Thank you from the bottom of my heart @Alex_Scope for your reply  :) .

    I agree 100% with you. It is a personal choice, and most people are selective about sharing these issues with their loved ones, professionals and with strangers.

    In my perspective, the sad reality is that some people feel the need to justify using a disabled parking space, due to not being believed.                       

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