Defining Invisible Disability 

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, 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.


We define the body outside the mainstream fantasy of a “normal” body. We characterize the body and the mind as diverse; hence, our use of the phrases bodily diversity and neuro diversity.

- Invisible Disability Project


Shaping A New Culture

Invisible Disability Project (IDP) rejects all forms of discrimination against disabled people. As disabled people, we are the largest minority in the United States. For many, being disabled is a lived identity. Disability does not discriminate, and intersects multiple overlapping identities, such as: straight / gay / queer; female / male / transgender / genderqueer; black / brown / white / yellow;  rich / poor; urban / rural / young / old.

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How do we talk about the things we cannot see?

IDP has created projects and services dedicated to disrupting the silence around what it means to live with an invisible disability as it relates to our personal relationships, education, and the workplace.


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Speak Your Power


Call Out Ableism

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