Sunflower Lanyards at ABE
April 13, 2022
Program provides extra support and assistance for passengers with Hidden Disabilities
(Hanover Township, PA) – Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) launched the Sunflower Lanyard program in April 2022.
First established at Gatwick Airport (Great Britain), this Program exists to discreetly self-identify individuals with non-visible or Hidden Disabilities such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, visual limitations, speech difficulties, asthma, hearing loss, or general aging-related decline.
By wearing the Sunflower Lanyard, travelers at ABE will know that they get support, assistance, or even a little more time when they need it without having to disclose their invisible disability.
“Creating a stress-free environment for all travelers is important to us. Over the years, the Airport has added amenities and hosted programs focused on making the dream of flying a reality. We believe this program adds another valuable resource at ABE” said, Colin Riccobon, Director of Public and Government Relations.
Sunflower Lanyards are available upon request at the Information Desk located on the lower level of the Main Terminal.
“The Arc has loved working with our local airport on inclusive travel initiatives, from Wings for All to unveiling a Sensory Room. Sunflower Lanyards will give people with hidden disabilities and their families more ease and comfort when flying from ABE,” said Chris Kaklamanis, Chief Development Officer, The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
Nationally, approximately 25 airports are participating in the program. Learn more about the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program, visit https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/us/