Invisible/hidden disability is a broad umbrella term that captures a whole spectrum of hidden disabilities and challenges that are primarily neurological in nature. These are disabilities that are not immediately apparent to others. Our goal is to make the public aware of autism and hidden disabilities through our global lanyard campaign
People with hidden disabilities are often misunderstood. Often disabled individuals are discriminated against, many times unwittingly, because the public may not see or understand their disability. Examples of these incidents are often manifested in cases of an uncontrollable outburst at an airport or a sporting event. These incidents are challenging for parents and highly misinterpreted by the general public.
Joshua’s Gift Lanyards are designed to provide support and comfort to families with disabilities as they navigate their way through public crowds. The purpose of a Joshua’s Gift Lanyard is to help families living with autism and other disabilities have a safe and comfortable travel or social outing experience. Families that have a Joshau’s Gift Lanyard will make it easy for airport staff, shopping malls, retail stores, amusement parks, train stations and sporting arena staff to recognize them and assist with getting their families to their destinations safely. Our lanyards will also help the general public recognize individuals with a physical or neurological uniqueness so they may be approached with acceptance, respect and inclusion throughout their journey
Why Joshua’s Gift Lanyards
Airports and other public venues can help families with lanyards by:
- Reducing their time in long lines
- Fast tracking them through crowds
- Giving them additional time through security checkpoints
- Allowing them admittance to a reserved area that’s conducive to their needs
- Allowing them to remain together at all times
- Providing them with essential and detail information pertaining to their journey
Adaption & Acceptance
We understand the challenges for a person with a disability. We are here to help all children and adults living in the Autism spectrum to be seen by the public, to be portrayed by their friends, family and the media, and treated by health care professionals, as individuals with their own abilities, not just stereotyped as “disabled persons”.
Today about 1 in 5 people worldwide is living with at least one disability. Most people will experience a disability of some form during the course of their lives. Joshua’s Gift Lanyard will make it easier for people living with Autism and other hidden disabilities get the service and respect needed while in public spaces.
"Disability affect the lives of more people than the public can see, it is time that society know and acknowledge these individuals struggles as they adjust to public life. I recognize Joshua's Gift Lanyard as a very Important tool in helping people living in the Autism Spectrum get proper care and attention while engaging in the public sphere"