About Invisible Disability Ireland
Invisible Disability Ireland is a national non-profit organization which raises awareness and campaigns on invisible disabilities and conditions. The ultimate aim of Invisible Disability Ireland is to achieve increased awareness, empathy and understanding towards hidden illnesses and conditions breaking away from the stigma of what a disability "should look like". We also want to empower, support and advocate for people with invisible disabilities by providing information, meetings and networking to ensure they have all the resources, supports and guidance for those impacted by an invisible disability.
Although there are similar charities in the USA and UK, there are no charities in Ireland which solely focus on the umbrella term of invisible disabilities in people's lives. Therefore, Invisible Disability Ireland is a unique and much needed organization. Check out the website and our social media to stay up to date with our campaigns, posts and events happening today! Follow our main account on INSTAGRAM! @invisibledisabilityire or our twitter @invisibledisab2
Founder of Invisible Disability Ireland
Invisible Disability Ireland was founded in 2019 by the Founder and Director Emily Larkin when she discovered there were no invisible disability charities or organizations in Ireland. Emily was diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses throughout the years, including rheumatoid arthritis at 13, fibromyalgia at 17, IBS, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (Gastroparesis and POTS), Super Ventricular Tachycardia and Heart Block, 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.
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 22 years old.