What it’s Like to be Invisible

This post, from Disability.Blog, the official blog of Disability.gov, contains good advice for anyone with an invisible disability.  The author, Beth Schill, has epilepsy. Although the three suggestions she officers are framed in the context of the workplace, they apply equally well in the post-secondary environment.

. . . .for those of us with invisible disabilities, being invisible is not always as great as one may think. On the one hand, no one can tell if we have a disability just by looking at us. And for those who face visible disabilities, I can only imagine how difficult that must be. Yet for those faced with an invisible disability, it can be difficult for us in school or the workplace to not feel understood as we deal with our own health issues. Many people see us as able-bodied adults, and wonder why we can’t work an extra few hours, why we take so long doing problems or taking an exam or why we can’t pull our own weight. In short, it can be a very confusing and lonely experience.features weekly posts from subject matter experts who address important topics for people with disabilities, their families and others. . . .

To read the full post and read her three suggestions, visit What it’s Like to be Invisible


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