Citizens Advice Cornwall is reminding businesses and members of the public to show tolerance and understanding towards people with hidden disabilities, particularly about the wearing of face masks.
The Sunflower Lanyard programme is designed to help people easily identify those who have hidden disabilities, which might make it difficult or impossible for them to wear masks while shopping.
The lanyards are green with a sunflower logo and identify the wearer as someone with a disability which may not be obvious to other people, such as learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. They can also include 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.
Not everyone with a hidden disability will be wearing a sunflower lanyard, so we would urge people not to make judgements about those not wearing a face covering or mask in shops.