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INVISIBLE
DISABILITY

In Focus

"See more clearly when you are informed"

Key Terms You Should Know

Neurodiversity:

The variety of minds that incorporate cognitive processes different from those more common (e.g., hyperfocus); often used for those with ASD, ADD, or ADHD.

Mental Wellness:

The ability to use tools and tricks that address and alleviate discord/trauma/stress in order to rebalance; in contrast people can experience burnout.

Accommodation:

An alteration of environment, equipment, tools, or other resources that allows a person with a disability to have equal access (e.g., flex days).

Temporarily Abled:

The idea that the being equipped to perform certain functions is fleeting because everyone encounters health problems at some point in their lives.

Disability/Differently Abled/ Impairment/Neurodivergent/
Special Needs:

Terms used to describe people who are not 'typically' abled.

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Moments In History

1771 - The creation of The National Institute for Deaf-Mutes and 'Old French Sign Language.'

1950s - Witebsky and Rose disprove the idea that the body cannot produce antibodies against itself.

2023 - April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

1800s - Louis Braille modifies Charles Barbier's "night writing" to make Braille.

1990 - The Americans with Disabilities Act

Statistics

The National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing claims that 1/5 U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2020.

According to an article by Disabled Word, sources estimate between 3 and 26 million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia, now understood to be the most common cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

According to research by the Autoimmunity Association, autoimmune diseases affect more than 24 million people in the U.S.

10% of Americans have a medical condition which could be considered an invisible disability. 96% of people with chronic medical conditions live with a condition that is invisible, based on a research by the University of Massachusetts.

Values

Self-advocacy

"Out of Spoons"

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Self-care

Support System

"Nothing about us without us"

Notable Names

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Albert Einstein

Kay Jamison

Helen Keller

 Van Gogh

Clifford Beers

Symbols

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Our Events

Past

Future

Further Resources

Know-It-All Event Video

Our speaker event was insightful and fun! The interesting anecdotes from Wendiann Alfieri, Laura Laria, Jacob Levy, and Erica Miller, were invaluable and truly entertaining. Watch the video to further understand the need to understand invisible disabilities and embrace a more empathetic lifestyle. You can also make an event out of it yourself by hosting your own Know-It-All Watch: Invisible Disability Discussion Party. Feel free to share this video with others!

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Invisible Disability Infographic

Share what you have learned about Invisible Disabilities. Our Infographic has been designed to be shared easily by printing, emailing, or posting on social media. Click on the image to view or download the PDF File.

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Take Action

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Check out the Values section on this page to learn how you can increase your inclusivity on a daily basis!

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Share our Invisible Disability Infographic with friends, family, and anyone and everyone you think would appreciate becoming more informed!

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Commit to one invisible disability friendly action each week!

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Show your support online, in social media, or in person the next time you have the opportunity to promote a more inclusive and empathetic lifestyle!

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Educate yourself about what tools and tricks can bolster your mental wellness!