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Patients With ‘Invisible Disabilities’ Face Many Unrealized Challenges

According to NPR, people struggling with disabilities that are not immediately apparent are facing many challenges in the workplace and in their communities.These ‘invisible disabilities’ range from diabetes, to IBD, or bipolar disorder. These people may not rely on wheelchairs or walkers, but activities as simple as walking to the subway, or applying makeup can be exhausting. Patients in these situations claim that people at school or work sometimes doubt the existence of a disability, and accuse the patient of trying to get special treatment. It is not surprising that the most commonly cited conditions in employment disability discrimination cases between 2005 and 2010 were invisible ones. One patient said that being vocal and raising awareness about such disabilities can help boost understanding and help people experiencing school or workplace issues as a result of their condition.

Read the article published by NPR.