Defining Invisible Disability 

An “invisible”, “non-visible”, “hidden”, “non-apparent”, or "unseen" disability is any physical, mental, or emotional impairment that goes largely unnoticed by the general population. Invisible disabilities include, but are not limited to: cognitive impairment and brain injury; the autism spectrum and its physical manifestations; chronic illnesses and diseases like multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue and chronic pain, autoimmune compromise, and fibromyalgia; hearing and visual impairments; ADHD; learning disabilities and dyslexia; and depressive, bipolar, and anxiety disorders like major depression, bipolar, generalized anxiety, and PTSD. We understand the body as always changing, so disability and chronic illness may be unstable or periodic throughout one’s life.


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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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