What is a hidden disability?

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An invisible disability is a mental, physical or neurological condition that can limit or challenge a person’s movements, senses, or activities.

A lot of the time these symptoms are not obvious and can lead to misunderstandings, false perceptions, and judgments.

  • What classes as an invisible disability?

A hidden disability does not have physical signs. They include learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. 

They can also include asthma, COPD, and other lung conditions as well as chronic illnesses such as renal failure, diabetes, and sleep disorders when those diseases significantly impact day-to-day life.

Other examples include autism, Crohn’s disease, sickle cell disease and lupus.

  • I have an invisible disability - how can I get help?

Hidden Disabilities is a company that supports people living with an invisible conditions.

They have designed products featuring sunflowers, which discreetly lets people around you know, including staff, colleagues and health professionals, that you have a disability and you may need additional support, help or more time.

  • Do I qualify to wear the Hidden Disabilities sunflower?

If you have a hidden disability and feel that you would benefit from wearing a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower product.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower helps others understand that you may need extra help. It does not mean you are entitled to anything more.