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The big picture: Heathrow unveils ‘Umbrella Project’

17 Jun 2019 by Mark Caswell
The Umbrella Project at Heathrow T5

Heathrow has unveiled an art installation aimed at raising awareness of neuro-developmental disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia.

The ‘Umbrella Project’ at the airport’s T5 Arrivals features 300 brightly coloured hanging umbrellas, and celebrates “the gifts, talents and employability of those with neuro-developmental disorders”.

According to Heathrow “the project name stems from the use of ADHD and autism as ‘umbrella terms’ for many neurological conditions and reframes them for children as unique ‘Super Powers’”.

The Umbrella Project at Heathrow T5

The installation will be in place until October, and is part of a wider education programme to raise awareness about ADHD and autism, with local schools including Heathrow Primary, William Byrd and Harmondsworth Primary.

Commenting on the initiative Dr Tony Lloyd, chief executive of ADHD Foundation, said:

“It is a joy to work in partnership with Heathrow to promote neurodiversity and celebrate the intelligence, ability and employability of neurodiverse people. What a fantastic display and message to greet the millions of passengers that come through Terminal 5.”

Earlier this year T5 was home to a 13-metre high skeleton is of a 155 million year old cousin of the diplodocus.

heathrow.com

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