1. What is a Hidden Disability?
A hidden disability is a disability that may not be immediately obvious.
Hidden disabilities don't have physical signs and include learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. They can also include autism, dementia, reduced visibility, 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.
Living with these conditions can make daily life more demanding for many people. They affect each person in different ways and can be painful, exhausting, and isolating. Without visible evidence of the hidden disability, it is frequently difficult for others to recognize or acknowledge the challenges faced and as a consequence, sympathy and understanding can often be in short supply.