Invisible Disabilities Campaign

In March 2023 the Society for Students with a Disability started our Invisible Disabilities campaign on social media. The campaign ran for a week from March 6th to 10th and was all about education, community, and sharing our stories about how invisible disabilities impact each and everyone one of us. However, we didn’t want this campaign to end after March 10th and still wanted to share our community stories, experiences, and thoughts on what it means to live in the world with a disability and what we wish others knew about our disabilities. 

On this website page we will be creating blog posts to share the stories submitted on our anonymous google form. If you would like to share your own story please use the following link: Invisible Disabilities google form

What’s an Invisible Disability?

An invisible disability is a physical, mental, or neurological condition that is not visible from the outside yet is greatly impacted by barriers from society. A person’s movements, senses, and/or activities can be limited or challenged because ‘invisible’ symptoms are often misunderstood or shadowed by false perceptions or judgements. (definition adapted from  Invisible Disabilities Association)

“An “invisible,” “non-visible,” “hidden,” “non-apparent,” or “unseen” disability is any physical, mental, or emotional impairment that goes largely unnoticed. An invisible disability can include, but is not limited to: cognitive impairment and brain injury; the autism spectrum; chronic illnesses like multiple sclerosis, [chronic fatigue syndrome], chronic pain, and fibromyalgia; d/Deaf and/or hard of hearing; blindness and/or low vision; anxiety, depression, PTSD, and many more. We understand the body as always changing, so disability and chronic illness may be unstable or periodic throughout one’s life.” – Invisible Disabilities Project

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