COVID-19 & Hidden Disabilities: ‘Please give me space’ – protect yourself and others
The ‘Please give me space’ visual awareness campaign has been developed by Hidden Disabilities Sunflower and the RNIB, in response to COVID-19 and the need to social distance.
Research conducted by the RNIB with a range of disability groups revealed that many people are finding social distancing hard and have been subjected to verbal abuse for seemingly not adhering to the guidance. For example, sight loss can make it impossible to judge a safe distance.
Our social distance wearable products are in response to this feedback, and to support the 2.2 million people identified by the NHS as clinically extremely vulnerable, people with disabilities and anyone experiencing anxiety.
The sign is a yellow circle with a person in between two arrows, it means ‘Please give me space’. The initiative is not prescriptive about who wears it, but the message is simple – when you see this sign please give the wearer space.
The products are available as free to download signs and badges. There is also range of products to purchase from our website, including lanyards and ID cards, pin badges, snoods, face masks and tabards.
We are inviting businesses and Local Authorities to join for free, support and promote the initiative to further raise awareness. We want to encourage greater understanding among the public of the reasons why a person may struggle to maintain social distance and why it is important.
Please give me space is endorsed by the UK Cabinet Office.