South Bend Airport now using Hidden Disabilities program

Photo courtesy: South Bend International Airport

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The South Bend International Airport has implemented the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program, supporting travelers with unseen special needs.

In the program, travelers with unseen special needs wear sunflower lanyards and bracelets to let others know they need additional support, time, or help without verbally communicating the need.

Since its establishment in 2016, 158 airports in 20 countries have adopted the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program.

The program is recognized in other sectors as well, including retail, theme parks, schools, and more.

“We want to ensure that everyone who walks through our doors and travels through SBN has a comfortable and confident experience,” said SBN CEO and Executive Director Mike Daigle. “The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program allows all team members to easily identify guests who need support and provide them with the assistance they need.”

Guests who want a lanyard or bracelet can request one from the airline ticket counters, TSA, or the Airport Information office.

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