“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 we explain our experience.

The false dichotomy between visible and invisible disabilities ultimately goes back to an ableist society’s narrow, contrived image of Disabled™. So many of us in the chronic illness and disability communities are painfully familiar with the phrase “you don’t look sick” or “you don’t look disabled.” There are many reasons why this is a thoughtless, obnoxious, senseless thing to say — but not the least of which of these reasons is that the idea of “looking sick” or “looking disabled” itself is fatphobic, ableist, racist, and completely, totally, and utterly baseless.

 

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