Inspired by those used by deaf people and IBS sufferers to explain their situation, the cards are invaluable for easier communication when requesting lighting to be altered or switched off. It can be particularly difficult to explain light sensitivity as the issue is not well known or understood. The card simply explains that this is an accessibility issue:
LightAware has launched a plastic card for light-sensitive people to carry to help enable access.
“The holder of this card is SENSITIVE TO ARTIFICIAL LIGHT – As with any accessibility issue, your understanding and cooperation can make a big difference”
The card has been successfully used to access medical appointments in hospitals as well as shops, toilets, public transport and entertainment venues. Using it helps to raise awareness of the issue, and of LightAware.
If you would like a LightAware card, please send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LightAware have launched a German language version of the LightAware Card. The German LightAware Card is designed to help people in Germany and Austria who have a sensitivity to artificial lighting negotiate access to lit spaces, like public transport, leisure and medical services.
If you would like a German LightAware Card please write to email@example.com.
If you are able, we would be grateful if you would consider making a donation to LightAware. You can make a donation here.