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 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.
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.
What are some of the challenges?
There are many challenges still facing people with invisible disabilities including a lack of awareness, with stigma, poor quality of life, low self-esteem, discrimination, risk of poverty, access to work, education, recreation to name a few
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.
How do you know if someone has an invisible disability?
Chances are, you won't know unless they are using assistive equipment or have discussed it with you. This makes is very hard for people to explain their disability particularly if using disabled resources.
What types of invisible disabilities are there?
There are many types including...
Mental Health Conditions
What can you do to help?
You can play your part by...
FOLLOW US! Sharing and posting our posts online (main platform is Instagram)
Bring it up in conversations, talk about your experiences, share your story
Be patient and understanding and try not to judge someone using disabled resources