YEG to launch the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program to increase accessibility, awareness and compassion for people with invisible disabilities
Edmonton, AB, 2022-Oct-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Edmonton International Airport (YEG) strives to create an accessible and welcoming environment for everyone. As part of this commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, YEG has partnered with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, an internationally recognized program that provides Sunflower-branded items for passengers to wear to discreetly indicate to people around the wearer that they may need additional support, help or simply more time.
“Part of our commitment to creating a safe environment is making the airport accessible for everyone. We are excited to partner with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower and join a network of businesses working to create more accessible and enjoyable experiences for everyone.”
– Steve Maybee, Vice President Operations, Infrastructure and Corporate Communications
“I am delighted that Edmonton International Airport has joined the global Sunflower network and taking part in shaping a world where people with invisible disabilities feel confident to travel independently.”
– Paul White, CEO, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower
Invisible disabilities can come in many forms. They can be physical, mental or neurological and include, but are not limited to, autism, ADHD, cognitive disabilities such as learning difficulties and dementia, mental health conditions, speech challenges, and auditory and visual conditions. They can also include respiratory and chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, chronic pain and sleep disorders.
Passengers at YEG can request a free and reusable Sunflower lanyard, wristband or ribbon to wear throughout their journey, and that will discreetly indicate to airport staff that the person needs help, support or a little extra time and patience. Passengers can pick up their Hidden Disabilities Sunflower branded items on site at the YEG Information Booth on the Arrivals Level (see Terminal Map).
Learn more about YEG’s approach to accessibility, including Hidden Disabilities Sunflower: flyeia.com/accessibility
About Edmonton International Airport
Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation driving economic prosperity for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and beyond. YEG is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area, generating an economic output of over $3.2 billion and supporting over 26,000 jobs pre-pandemic. From sustainability initiatives like Airport City Sustainability Campus to being the first airport in the world to sign The Climate Pledge and the first in Canada to begin regularly scheduled drone delivery operations, YEG is a global leader in the aviation industry. YEG approaches equity, diversity and inclusion by creating ‘an airport for everyone.’
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About the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower
Wearing the Sunflower lanyard enables individuals to discreetly indicate that they have a non-visible disability and may need additional assistance, kindness, or simply a little more time. Since the Sunflower was established in the UK in 2016, it has been adopted globally by organizations to support both their colleagues and customers. The Sunflower is recognized across a broad range of sectors – ranging from retail, financial services, transport including over 177 airports, travel and tourism as well as over 530 universities, schools and colleges, all the UK railway network, theme parks, supermarkets, leisure facilities, healthcare, financial services, emergency services, theaters and over 350 charities.
Senior Communications Advisor
Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
c: 780 982-7894
Source: Edmonton International Airport (YEG)