Some information that may be useful to anyone planning as trip, I contacted OCS to find out about the Daffodil lanyard having seen an article about the daffodil room in Manchester airport and Barry in Cork Airport sent me the following comprehensive information. Please pass on to others who have have hidden disabilities who might not know about this scheme.
"The laynard scheme is currently only available in Cork Airport at the moment but will shortly come on line in Dublin Airport, date to be confirmed.
The Lanyard is recongised in 14 airports in the UK, major hubs on the continent such as Paris Charles de Gaul, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bonn, Madrid. It also recognised in Singapore, Australia, Canada and America with more and more airports coming online every month.
The aim of this scheme is have the Sunflower Lanyard as the recongised symbol across all airports and public transport facilities across the globe, recently I was approached by Irish Frieies who are now looking at setting this up.
It was originally set up at Gatwick Airport a nubmer of years ago on trial to help people/families who live with a hidden disabilities and who wish to travel independently but may require a little help or extra time at certain points of their journey.
So we needed to give them something that would easily identify them to staff without the passenger being pointed out or disturbed and so after consulting various charities and societies the Sunflower Lanyard was settled on.
Once this was confirmed a training programme set up for all airport personal, which OCS have rolled out across the globe. So all staff working in particepating airports are now trained in hidden disabilities as part of their induction, I have recently conducting this training here at Cork with new staff who have come on line for the summer season.
The term hidden disability covers a broad and ever expanding range of disabilities. This ranges from Autism, Dementia, Brain injuries, Alezimers, Parkinson's, etc, etc.
For a passenger to get a Lanyard they simply have to come to an OCS desk at any particepating airport and they will be issued a Lanyard, there is no paper work required, no doctor's letters or proof of any kind.'
AsIAm is delighted to announce that we are supporting Tayto Park's Annual Autism Friendly Day this Sunday 12th May.
Tayto Park is a proud supporter of the autism community and is taking steps to become more inclusive. Some of the measures this Sunday will include no hand dryers, no music, and an AsIAm Approved quiet space to chill out in.
Watch this space for further exciting announcements regarding our partnership.
For further information on what IDs are required to qualify for carer free entry, click through to see the accepted IDs.
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Hi everyone, we are all set up and ready to go. We hope that your joy chilling in our autism friendly zone at the family fun day today. We decided not to use a generator for our lights as they are too noisy. Please feel free to use our ear defenders & sensory toys, but please don’t forget to put them back when you are finished! Feedback welcome 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less