Greater Fort Lauderdale welcomes visitors of all abilities to enjoy 31 vibrant communities and works to remove barriers to provide a quality experience for all, including people with visible and invisible disabilities.
Your sunflower-friendly journey starts upon arrival at FLL Airport, where you will receive the support you may need. The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program at FLL offers guests with hidden disabilities, including learning difficulties, mental health, mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments a discreet way to request help or extra time while traveling through the airport. By wearing lanyards and pins displaying the sunflower – the symbol now recognized worldwide to raise awareness about hidden disabilities – airport employees are alerted that consideration and assistance is needed. FLL airport guests can opt into the voluntary program in advance of travel dates by requesting a lanyard or pin to be worn by both disabled persons and caretakers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (suggested at least two weeks in advance).
Many of our hotels, attractions, theatres, beaches, transportation providers and more go above and beyond to provide a seamless experience no matter what your needs might be.
Accessible tourism is not only about human rights, but also an opportunity to educate and embrace all visitors. This is something Greater Fort Lauderdale does well. We embrace ALL visitors with wide open, welcoming arms.
We believe accessible tourism enables ALL people to participate in and enjoy vacation experiences. Here in Greater Fort Lauderdale, our goal is to ensure hotels, restaurants, beaches, attractions and the Everglades are accessible to all people regardless of physical limitations, disabilities or age. We work to provide information on wheelchairs, availability of sign language interpreters, listening devices and the understanding of the autism spectrum.
Here in Greater Fort Lauderdale, all are welcome. As people, we are all different but we can follow the same path so that all visitors can enjoy their experience.
The Sunflower is a globally recognized symbol for non-visible disabilities, also known as hidden disabilities or invisible disabilities. These include autism, chronic pain, and learning difficulties as well as mental health conditions, mobility, and speech impairments.
Greater Fort Lauderdale hosted the Deaf Seniors of America (DSA) 17th Biennial National Conference at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in June 2023 and welcomed more than 1,000 deaf and hard of hearing seniors from throughout the US and beyond.
Some of our attraction partners excel at offering access to all. The listings below highlight some of our businesses who go out of their way to be accommodating to all abilities.