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. 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 as well as empower them, through support, advocacy, information, awareness as well as meeting and learning of other people in similar circumstances, showing that no one is alone in living with an invisible disability.
Although there are similar charities in the USA and UK, there are no charities in Ireland which solely focus invisible disabilities. Therefore, Invisible Disability Ireland is a unique and much needed organization.
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Founder of Invisible Disability Ireland
Invisible Disability Ireland was founded in August of 2019 by the Founder and Director Emily Larkin when she looked up Invisible Disability charities in Ireland and found that there was none, so as part of her Gold Gaisce (The Presidents Award) she set up Invisible Disability Ireland. Emily was diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses throughout the years, including rheumatoid arthritis at 13, fibromyalgia at 17, IBS, hypermobility syndrome and Super Ventricular Tachycardia, a heart condition at 21 years old. 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 and what that looks like.
Since IDI was set up, it has grown massively with over 2,000 followers on social media and has achieved many amazing 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 and as Director of Invisible Disability Ireland. 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. Emily's aim for Invisible Disability Ireland is to ensure that Ireland is a better place to live for people with Invisible Disabilities. Emily is currently a student in DCU in final year studying Primary school teaching and is just 21 years old.