About Invisible Disability Ireland
Invisible Disability Ireland is the only advocacy organization of its kind in Ireland which focuses on raising awareness and campaigning on invisible disabilities to achieve better awareness, empathy and understanding towards hidden illnesses and conditions in Ireland. Our ultimate aim is to provide a platform for a national conversation breaking away the stigma of what a disability "should look like". We also aim to empower, support, advocate and provide information, awareness and events to do so. Invisible Disability Ireland is a unique and much needed organization as it is the only Irish organization which focuses solely on invisible disabilities and conditions.
What is an invisible disability?
A disability is any condition of the body or mind either developed, hereditary or congenital that impairs, impacts or reduces the ability of that person to carry out tasks or functions that an able bodied person without a disability would be able to do. A disability is an ongoing physical, health, or mental challenge. However, an invisible disability also known as a hidden disability, is when the condition or illness is less apparent, internal or invisible, meaning you cannot see the disability as it is happening inside the persons body with little outwardly symptoms or not immediately apparent. Invisible disabilities are an umbrella term used, invisible disabilities can be classified from moderate to severe, as it is a spectrum and also that every disability is unique and different to that person. Disabilities can also be classified into different categories such as physical disability, mental disability, illness and health condition to name a few.
Founder of Invisible Disability Ireland
Invisible Disability Ireland was founded in August of 2019 by the founder and director Emily Larkin. Emily was diagnosed with multiple health problems including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, IBS, hypermobility syndrome and SVT. This inspired her to set up Invisible Disability Ireland as there was a lack of awareness and support towards people with chronic illnesses and invisible disabilities here in Ireland.
Since IDI was set up, it has grown massively with almost 2,000 followers on social media and has achieved many things to date in a short space of time. Emily has appeared on many media outlets discussing the work she has done as a patient advocate. She has also collaborated on many projects and campaigns alongside many organizations and has met many public and elected representatives to further highlight the ongoing difficulties facing people with invisible disabilities.