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Hidden Disability

A ‘hidden’ disability refers to a disability that may not be visible at a glance, but can have a major impact on people's lives. They can arise from conditions such as epilepsy, autism, diabetes and acquired brain injuries. Invisible disability, or hidden disability is an umbrella term that captures a whole spectrum of disabilities or challenges that are primarily neurological in nature.

There is no definitive list of hidden disabilities but examples include:

  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit-Disorder or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADD/ADHD)
  • Brain injuries
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and other mental health conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Learning difficulties, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, and language processing disorder
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Visual and auditory disabilities - These may be invisible if someone wears contact lenses and a hearing aid

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