Frequently Asked Questions

Some of our most common questions asked about Invisible Disabilities..... 

What is an invisible disability?
An invisible disability is when a disability is not immediately apparent or is internal in that person's body making it invisible to others. 

How common are invisible disabilities

Invisible disabilities are more common than you think. 1 in 10 have some form of disability and is as high as 1 in 7 in Ireland according to the census. Also 80% of disabilities have hidden impairments, so roughly 400,000 people in Ireland. 


Who is affected? 
Anyone can have an invisible disability irrespective of income, nationality, race, religion, gender or age. An invisible disability can appear at birth or can be diagnosed at a later stage in life.

How are people affected?
Depending on the disability, they might have health complications such as chronic fatigue or pain, frequent hospital visits, medications, it may also affect their mental health, mobility, quality of life.

What are some of the challenges?
There are still many challenges still facing people with invisible disabilities including a lack of awareness, with stigmatization, poor quality of life, low self-esteem, discrimination, risk of poverty, access to work, education, justice, and recreation to name a few. Unfortunately there are many challenges facing people with disabilities.  


How do you know if someone has an invisible disability?

Chances are, you won't know unless they are using assistive equipment such as a walking cane, wheelchair or walking frame to name a few or they have discussed their conditions with you. This makes is very hard for people to explain their disability particularly if it is an invisible disability. That is why it is important to remain kind and understanding in situations, particularly when you suspect they have an invisible disability. 

What types of invisible disabilities are there? 

There are many types including...

Learning Disabilities 

Physical Disabilities

Chronic Illnesses 

Mental Health Conditions

Visual Impairment/ Hard of Hearing

Intellectual Disabilities 


What can you do to help?

You can play your part by...

Raising Awareness

FOLLOW US! Sharing and posting our posts online (both on Instagram and twitter) helps us spread our message Bring up Invisible Disability Ireland in conversations, let people know about us! We're here to help! Talk about your experiences of invisible disabilities, and share your story to help raise awareness. Be patient and understanding when people are using disabled resources or public services when you suspect they might have a disability and try not to judge someone for using disabled resources if their condition is invisible. Finally, inform yourself, learn about invisible disabilities and respect, encourage and support those who live with invisible disabilities in their lives.