Invisible Disability

“This Is What Disabled Looks Like”: The Sometimes Hard-To-See Line Between Visible And Invisible Disabilities

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  From the CoffeeSpoonie Blog.   There are disabilities we think of as visible, and disabilities we think of as invisible. (Mental illness? Invisible. Quadriplegia? Visible. Autoimmune disease? Invisible. Blindness, with a cane and guide dog? Visible.) Neat little categories that we are expected to sort our disabilities into, to help others understand better when […]

Using A Cane With An Invisible Disability

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  By Kit O’Connell in Approximately 8,000 Words Blog.   I thought I’d write for a moment about what it means to use a cane as a person with an invisible disability (fibromyalgia). Invisible disabilities are life-altering health conditions which are nonetheless not always visible to a normal observer. Even a trained medical professional might miss […]

Not All Disabilities Are Visible……..

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One of my favourite Christmas presents this year, a sticker for the car from my wife and daughter…… There is a need for a Government backed, nationwide TV and Radio educational campaign to raise awareness of Invisible Illnesses and Disabilities.    

‘Invisible’ Disabilities Campaign Calls On Community To ‘Think Outside The Chair’

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  By Laura Collins and Lucy Robinson in ABCNews Australia.   Living in an Australian society that understands and accepts all forms of disability is no longer a pipedream for New South Wales woman Marni Walkerden. Ms Walkerden is the brains behind the Think Outside the Chair campaign, which is launching in the NSW central […]

‘Invisible’ Disabilities: Car Park Confrontation Prompts Call For Greater Recognition

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By Laura Collins and Lucy Robinson in ABC.Net Australia.   Fed up with judgemental looks, comments and confrontations, a young South Australian woman living with a debilitating disease is calling for more recognition of ‘invisible’ disabilities. Key points: Sarah Larcombe has undergone seven major surgeries in nine years She has a disability permit and is […]

Blue Badge Parking Permits To Cover ‘Hidden Disabilities’ In England

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  From BBC News.   Blue badge parking permits are to be made available for people in England with “hidden disabilities” such as autism or mental health problems. The Department for Transport said people with non-physical disabilities would have an equal right to free parking from next year. Currently the rules do not explicitly exclude […]

The Pressure To ‘Perform’ My Disability For Able-Bodied People

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  By Jennifer Lerner in The Mighty.   Within a month or so of my concussion, I had taken an official leave of absence from work. Several times a week, I would go to my local gym to work out, as moderate exercise was supposedly good for concussion recovery. Nothing too crazy, just 10 to […]

Using Mobility Aids When You Have An Invisible Illness

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  By Pippa, from her Blog ‘Life of Pippa’.   “WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, THEN?” There’s no ideal time to acquire a long-term chronic illness, but becoming disabled halfway through your undergraduate degree has to be up there in the Least Convenient Life Situations list. Adapting to the student experience whilst learning to live with […]

Why More Doctors Should Embrace the Words “I Don’t Know”

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  By Dr. Sandra Gelbard in Lennyletter.com.   As a doctor, it is unnerving to confront an ailment that you don’t immediately know how to conquer. All those years of training, all those hours of study — and yet at some point, every doctor is confronted by one terrifying prospect: you will never know everything. When […]

How Dare You Judge My Handicap Sticker

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  By Ellen Smith in National Pain Report.   Having to go to appointments to my doctor here in Rhode Island, so we can again fill out the form for the state to confirm that I still qualify for a handicap sticker for me, causes a humiliating and heartbreaking feeling to have to be reminded […]

15 Secrets Of People Who Can’t Work Because Of An Illness

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  By Paige Wyant in The Mighty.   If you have a chronic illness, you may know what it feels like to be a “full-time patient.” Between the physical and emotional symptoms, constant doctor appointments and numerous tests and procedures (not to mention keeping track of it all), being chronically sick can become a full-time job in itself. You […]

Blue Badge Scheme Could Be Extended To Autism And Dementia Sufferers

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  From BBC News:   People with dementia and autism could get blue badge parking permits in England under new government proposals. It is hoped that providing the permits for those with hidden disabilities will create equality between the treatment of physical and mental health. The Department for Transport said at the moment only certain […]

To Those Who Find My Illness ‘Hard To Understand’ When They See Me Smiling

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    By Tiffany Early in The Conversation.   My husband and I had a conversation about how others perceive my illness the other day. It wasn’t a confrontational conversation — it was more the random musings that happen when you’re waiting for dinner to come out of the oven. Joe mentioned that a mutual friend had once […]

Disabilities Are Not Always Obvious. Don’t Judge Us Without Knowing The Full Story

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  By Nia Sims in The Guardian.   Too many of my friends have told me of being abused by strangers when using an accessible (or “disabled”) parking space. Sometimes there is a note left under the windscreen wiper – “you should be ashamed of yourself, I saw you and there’s nothing wrong with you. […]

Disabled Woman Says Stansted Airport Refused To Offer Her Help Because She ‘Didn’t Look Ill’

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  By Julia Buckley in The Independent.   A disabled passenger has branded Stansted Airport staff “disgusting” after she was denied assistance because she “didn’t look disabled”. Nathalie Allport-Grantham, 23, was flying to Nice with Ryanair on 31 December when a member of staff refused her the assistance she had confirmed ahead of her flight. She had […]

When Strangers Judge Me For Sitting Down In A Random Place

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  By Brittany Rogers in The Mighty.        I have a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Like many chronic illnesses, this causes widespread pain. It also brings along its co-morbid friends, like postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). POTS is a disturbance in your autonomic system, causing symptoms such as: dizziness, fatigue, lightheadedness, fast heart rate, low […]

What’s An Invisible Disability ? – 7 Things You Need To Know

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By J R Thorpe in Bustle.   (An American View).   Think of the word “disability”. What do you see? The people of the Special Olympics, swimming and running and jumping in wheelchairs or without limbs? Guide dogs? Stephen Hawking? People rudely using disabled parking spots without actually “looking” disabled? One thing that, unless you have […]

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