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Monday, March 26, 2012

Disability Tip of the Week!

Not all disabilities are visible or apparent. Disabilities such as chronic health conditions (diabetes, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease), learning disabilities, psychological/ emotional disabilities (anxiety, depression, bipolar) and sometimes physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, are all disabilities that are often not apparent. Some disabilities are apparent some of the time and not at other times. Some learning disabilities may be very apparent in some learning environments and not apparent at all in others. While having a non- apparent disability may mean that someone is not stigmatized as having a disability much of the time, it may also mean that they have trouble talking about their disability or have a greater burden to prove they have a disability in order to get needs met. Many unapparent disabilities are very stigmatized and rarely talked about.

Here are a few articles about/ by folks with unapparent disabilities:
http://www.michigandaily.com/content/invisible-disabilities-living-world-when-no-one-knows-your-sick?page=0,0
http://www.journeyswithautism.com/2012/02/12/on-passing-overcompensating-and-disability/
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