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Comox Valley Airport participating in Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program

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The Comox Valley Airport is now taking part in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program to assist passengers with invisible disabilities.

A wristband, lanyard, sticker, or button with the sunflower logo can be worn to help those travelling with hidden disabilities who may require assistance during their trip.

“We’re constantly looking at ways to improve accessibility at the airport, and aiding passengers with hidden disabilities makes perfect sense,” said airport CEO Mike Atkins. “Wearing the sunflower will discreetly indicate that additional assistance may be required throughout their journey, making air travel more inclusive, comfortable, and stress-free.”

The program is available for all individuals who self-determine that they have a hidden disability.

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Passengers can get the sunflower lanyards and accessories from Comox Valley Airport Commission volunteer ambassadors and staff at the airport at no cost.

“It just makes life a little easier,” said passenger Henry Tunke before boarding a flight to Calgary.

The program started in the U.K. at the Gatwick Airport in 2016.

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