Liberal Democrat Councillor Steve Willoughby is delighted that the motion he proposed at the Full council meeting of Derby City Council on 25th November to recognise the hidden disability sunflower scheme was passed unanimously by all of his fellow councillors, with full cross party support. The scheme will now be discussed with council's disability forum.
Councillor Willoughby said "I see the widespread use of this sunflower scheme and Derby city council voting to consider this tonight as yet more progress in the recognition of and making adjustments for those with hidden disabilities. Over my life, since I was first diagnosed with ocular and motor dyspraxia at the age of 11 in the late 1970s, I have seen a massive improvement in attitudes to hidden disabilities. We had not even heard of dyspraxia at this time and I don't think the term hidden disability even existed. This decision is yet more progress in this recognition and acceptance of hidden disabilities. I look forward to discussing this further with the council's disability forum."