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Personalising your Sunflower Card

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knackeredcat · 31/01/2022 10:49

Hi all, I need a new Sunflower Card and it seems you can now personalise them, which is helpful.

It's one of those things where you wonder where to start...I'm thinking along the lines of "I have neurodiverse spectrum conditions and appreciate personal space, patience and [x]"

For [x] I want to get in something short and polite that conveys that my conditions don't mean I'm slow, stupid or there for you to patronise or treat unfavourably, NT people, but in a less aggressive way Wink

There's never any right or wrong way to do these but always happy for ideas Smile

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BarrowInFurnessRailwayStation · 31/01/2022 11:36

Tbh, I don't think people would understand what it would mean. I think hidden disability, give me time and space would sound better.


ofwarren · 31/01/2022 11:46

I've never used one of these, is it to go with the lanyard? My CEV son had one given to him by the manager at tesco before the pandemic but it didn't have a card.
Are they useful? I worry that the lanyards are used to show you don't wear masks now though.


Gingerkittykat · 31/01/2022 11:47

There is a specific autism card. I think using the term neurodiverse spectrum conditions makes it confusing to people. I don't know if you have multiple neurodivergences and want to convey that or are just autistic.

I have an awareness card from the National Autistic Society and I have said to give me space,, give me longer to process language, and not to touch me.

The sunflower lanyard looks better so I might get one of them although I would probably keep the card in my bag rather than advertise autism to the world.


knackeredcat · 31/01/2022 12:28

Thanks for your responses, everyone. @BarrowInFurnessRailwayStation, I can see where reference to ND spectrum conditions may be confusing to ND people. I have a dx of ADHD and waiting for my autism dx - the wording on your card is exactly what I want to convey, @Gingerkittykat

@ofwarren - I've found mine useful in the past particularly in busy places like airports in that staff have been more mindful and helpful when I've needed them.

As a rule I wear a sunflower wristband more and flash when I need to (e.g. in long winded work meetings to give me space to temporarily leave, etc.)

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EatSleepRantRepeat · 31/01/2022 21:14

I've been wearing mine more frequently since I've needed to take the train, I've decided not to specify my conditions on there in case I get an arsehole who wants to argue the toss about what autistic people supposedly can and can't do.

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