Columbus Airport Joins a Network of Over 200 Airports in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

Columbus Airport joins a global network of over 200 airports in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program. This move will enable those living with a hidden disability in the region to access the Sunflower. The Sunflower lanyard indicates to those around the wearer that they are a person of determination with a hidden disability and may require support, understanding or a little more time. The airport will provide the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard and badging system to anyone that has a hidden or visible disability or a caregiver of a person that has a disability at no charge.

This initiative promises to foster a culture of understanding, accommodation, and support for individuals with hidden disabilities—ushering in a new era of inclusivity across both public and private sectors. Around the world, 1 in 7 people live with some form of disability. And 80% of these disabilities are non-visible; that's over 1 billion people with an invisible disability. There is a significant opportunity for businesses to develop their awareness of invisible disabilities, and the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower provides the tools to do this.

Organizations that register with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower are provided with training to enable colleagues to become more confident in assisting customers or colleagues wearing the Sunflower. This could mean giving them more time to prepare or process information, using clear verbal language or allowing them to remain with their families at all times throughout the travel process.

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower has been successfully operating in the UK since 2016 and has operations in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and, the Nordics, the UAE and Ireland. It is recognized in over 50 countries worldwide.

The airport is a regional and public use airport in Columbus Georgia located at 3250 W. Britt David Road servicing the Muscogee, Russell and Harris County region and Ft. Moore respectively with commercial airline and general aviation service.