Hi, my name is Morgan! I was born with a congenital disability called optic nerve hypoplasia. This diagnosis means my optic nerves are less than 20% of the normal size, I have no depth perception, and no peripheral vision. I do not “look” like I have severe visual deficits and often hear “you don’t look blind” when accessing accommodations. As an occupational therapist, I have personally made it my goal to educate others about my invisible disability and the invisible disabilities of my students.
My name is Rachael. I suffer with Chronic Lyme Disease. I got sick at the age of 13 and was initially diagnosed with Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I wasn’t diagnosed with Lyme Disease until I was 16 due to a lack of knowledge in the medical profession about Lyme. When I got sick, I had to stop playing sports as I had severe widespread pain. I missed a lot of school due to chronic fatigue and pain; for 5th and 6th year I attended school for about 6-8hrs per week. This illness has severely affected my social life and education, but I’m in college now and am managing better than I was a few years ago.
My name is Aisha, I suffer with Myalgic Encephalomyalitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Sleep Phase Shift Disorder. I got sick when I was around 14, in 2nd Year. I used to dance twice a week but I had to give that up, and I completely disappeared from all social activities and school. I had to move school for 5th year but I'm learning to maintain, I was housebound for four months at one point, and spend most of my days in bed. I can't stand or walk for very long, and for big events I use a wheelchair but I'm hoping I'll learn to manage school and social life eventually