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 at age 13 and fibromyalgia at age 17. 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 as part as her commitment to her Gold Gaisce Award.
Emily has appeared on many media outlets including Morning Ireland and Primetime discussing the work she has done as a patient advocate and founder of Invisible Disability Ireland. She has also collaborated on many projects and campaigns alongside organisations such as the Disability Federation of Ireland and many more and has met many public and elected representatives to further highlight the ongoing difficulties facing people with invisible disabilities.
Although there are similar charities in the US and UK which look after the issue of invisible disability,there are no charities in Ireland which fully focus on the awareness and campaigning for people in Ireland living with invisible disabilities. Therefore Invisible Disability Ireland is a unique and much needed advocacy network and group to campaign & raise awareness on behalf of people with invisible disabilities.
The ultimate aim of Invisible Disability Ireland is to raise awareness on invisible disabilities by providing a platform for a national conversation breaking away from the stigma of what a disability should look like. We also aim to bring empathy and understanding towards people with invisible disabilities through supporting and empowering by providing information and meeting other people in similar circumstances.