Shining a light on hidden disabilities

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program helps people identify their conditions that may not be noticeable.

Four sunflowers in a sunflower field.

The goal of the program is to help support those with hidden disabilities. | Photo by @springeradventures25

Not all disabilities can be seen with the naked eye, but they can be stifling nonetheless.

That’s why VisitLEX, along with Central Bank Center, Rupp Arena, the Kentucky Horse Park, and Blue Grass Airport have teamed up to help those with hidden disabilities identify themselves.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program provides those with invisible conditions (think: neurodevelopmental or sensory challenges) with sunflower-themed apparel to identify themselves in a non-intrusive way.

Participating organizations are trained to spot and assist those wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflowers to make their spaces more inclusive + accessible to all Lexingtonians.

“This effort is part of our new Lex for Good initiative, which promotes accessibility and sustainability in the tourism industry in Lexington,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX.

Sunflower accessories, such as lanyards and pins, can be picked up at the Lexington Visitors Center, 215 W. Main St., Ste. 75.