Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) is excited to make air travel, and the airport more accessible to everyone. Many travelers have disabilities that are not immediately visible but still create challenges in their daily lives. Airport staff is trained to recognize the individual wearing the lanyard may need extra help, time or assistance.
CIRA is among the many U.S Airports to join the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program. The Sunflower Program allows a person to self–identify as someone with a hidden disability who may require additional assistance. This will allow passengers who require a little require extra assistance with travel through CIRA easier. The Sunflower Lanyard helps creates a simple way to signal airport staff that a passenger has a disability without revealing the nature of the disability.
Simply, airlines can provide the lanyard to any passenger who asks for one. There is no prerequisite for them and passengers should still arrange assistance with their airlines if a disability service is needed. Hidden disabilities can include autism, anxiety disorders, epilepsy, learning disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many other impairments or chronic illnesses.
CIRA is committed to making the terminal as safe and comfortable as possible, for everyone. If you have suggestions, we are interested, please contact us.