ZHO is an exclusive centre for manufacture and production of Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyards in the GCC.
We are delighted to announce that Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO) and Topland have signed an MOU for manufacture of Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyards in the UAE. ZHO has been approved as an exclusive centre for the manufacture and production of Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyards in the Gulf Cooperation Council states (GCC region). ZHO’s members of determination will be manufacturing the Sunflower lanyards at ZHO’s vocational rehabilitation workshops.
This agreement comes through a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between ZHO and Hidden Disabilities Sunflower’s Regional Partner, Topland. The Bee logo, the distinguished mark of ZHO’s products, will be included on the clip of the Sunflower lanyard manufactured in the United Arab Emirates. Cooperation is also underway to conduct studies with the aim to produce Sunflower lanyards with environmentally friendly materials, including 3D-printed hooks and clips, and planning to manufacture other Sunflower products such as badges, pins, and other Sunflower items at the Bee workshops.
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower originated in the United Kingdom in 2016, and has now become the globally recognized symbol for hidden disabilities and is used in a wide range of sectors around the globe, including sports, education, retail, financial services, entertainment, travel, healthcare, theatres and charities.
In November 2021, ZHO launched the “Sunflower” community initiative for hidden disabilities. People of determination with hidden disabilities choose to wear a Sunflower lanyard in public places to help the surrounding community understand their needs, deal with them kindly, and provide assistance for them. The initiative came in line with ZHO’s strategy to make Abu Dhabi a friendly city to people of determination, aiming to educate community members to identify people of determination with hidden disabilities. The initiative covers all hidden disabilities including specific learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, and communication disorders, Al-Humaidan added.