The Loneliness of Illness and Pain

Loneliness-Illness-Pain-Invisible-Disabilities-Association“You’re lucky you don’t have to work!” “You’re just giving up!” “You need to get out more!”

When we break a leg, are we better off hopping on it or using crutches? Right after having major surgery, would we recover better if we went hiking or if we rested a bit in the hospital? We all know the answer to those questions. Otherwise, there would be mountain slopes instead of gurneys outside of every operating room.

When dealing with a broken leg, it heals and the person returns to life as usual. On the other hand, for many living with ongoing illnesses, “as the illness progresses, [people] must adjust each day to the disease, sometimes severe, sometimes in remission, and always present. The sense of health and vibrancy is, at best, diminished, and at worst, lost,” wrote Jackson P. Rainer, Ph.D., a leading authority on grief and loss.

Although we might think our loved ones with invisible disabilities are lazy and sleep all day, they may be having difficulty sleeping and are feeling sleep deprived. Thus, we need to allow them to rest whenever possible. After all, they are busy trying to maintain their condition and often have to push themselves hard to accomplish a few simple chores. With each activity they give their effort to, another could be forfeited and a price paid. After being limited for a while, they will begin to learn how to juggle their efforts and will discover what and how much activity causes them to hit a wall. [Read more...]

About Wayne

Wayne is the Founder & President of the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). His inspiration for IDA is His wife, Sherri, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease, Neurological Chemical Intolerance, Traumatic Brain Injury and Anaphylaxis Food Allergies. Wayne is the Author of the booklet, But You LOOK Good! How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain. He has spoken at seminars, conferences, health fairs and banquets to create awareness, education and support. His personal experience includes that of a professional, multi-tasking husband caregiver with an extensive background in management, media and technology. This man on a mission quickly launched IDA into a world-wide outreach for millions living with invisible disabilities. Wayne and the IDA Executive and Advisory Teams reach out to others living with illness, pain and injury around the world. They bring encouragement and awareness about invisible disabilities to friends, family, co-workers and businesses through websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, seminars, events, videos, radio and social networks.

IDA Gala Inspires Reporter to Write About Fragrance Etiquette in Public Events

Dinner

Since the establishment of the Invisible Disabilities Association’s Annual Award Banquets in 2008, we have asked our attendees not to wear perfume, cologne or fragranced lotions.  

We have done this, because millions of people have reported adverse health affects with exposure to the chemicals in synthetically fragrance products.

We would like to share these quite bold and brave articles in response to our fragrance-free event requests. Thank you, Glory!

Etiquette

by Glory Weisberg, Society Editor the Fleurish Section, The Village Newspaper.

The Invisible Disabilities Association has its Honors Banquet, Oct. 24. Verbatim, here’s what’s on their info postcard, which we just love: “This is a Fragrance Free Event. Please be considerate of people attending with illness, allergies, asthma and chemical sensitivities by not wearing perfume, cologne or fragranced lotion.”

It would be the dream of many people who would attend fundraisers if only they were assured they wouldn’t have to grab allergy meds or migraine pills just to come and participate.

Perfume gained popularity at a time when most people didn’t have regular access to bathtubs or showers. So perfume concealed one stinky problem by inventing a camouflage. It reminds us of an etiquette piece published somewhere when non-smoking laws prevented indoor smoking at most public places, that now that the air was clean, men’s backs were emitting a scent no one considered attractive.

There’s a reason department stores often offer a free tote bag to those purchasing perfume. It’s a way to entice shoppers to buy the scents they often gift to others. Multiply that one person’s dousing of perfume by the number of women who wear it and soon it’s toxic to just enter a ballroom or restaurant or other places people congregate. And by the way, women aren’t alone in this assault on our senses, men’s cologne and aftershave is a hurdle to vault as well.

If you’ve ever held a newborn baby, you know how wonderful the little darling smells. It’s addicting and on purpose as Mother Nature probably figured that you’d want to feed and care for someone who smells so good. So when did we get to an age when we had to cover up that Mother Nature’s scent by slathering on camouflage?

If you remember those Ivory soap commercials, you remember it’s the soap that floats because it’s empty of added stuff your body doesn’t need.

10/02/13 FOLLOW-UP TO ARTICLE:

Our last etiquette column on invisible disabilities got the attention of a throng of supporters, a 50-50 balance of men and women.

Those blue and white hang tags hooked onto the car’s rear view mirror denote the driver’s or passenger’s inability to navigate distances or handle impediments to access. Not all Coloradans have noticeable medical conditions that require easy access and sneers from passersby don’t help the arthritic whose disease may not be immediately evident.

The painful nerves can afflict with only an X-ray’s proof and unless you’re a comic book character with X-ray vision, you can’t see the disability. Arthritis has many forms and causes and there are a wide range of medications and treatments to enable the patient to continue functioning in the world if we all cooperate.

They don’t necessarily wear noticeable movement aids so when you, the nonprofit volunteer or professional staffer, plan an event consider whether the “staging” will accommodate every guest regardless of their motion abilities. Be prepared to provide an inconspicuous ramp, elevator or other device to anyone asking for it.

And for those who have breathing limitations, please consider the stage smoke or other devices that can trigger breathing problems for a ticket buyer. Not all need facially noticeable tubes attached to oxygen so there again, don’t diagnose to justify inaction.

If the inability isn’t visible it’s still necessary to be accommodating, as the guest may be reluctant to ask for such entrance assistance.

As the song said:  “Walk a mile in my shoes.” Or question whether everyone could walk to begin with.

Published with permission by Glory Weisberg.

RESOURCES:

Etiquette column. The Villager Newspaper. Fleurish Section by Society editor, Glory Weisberg. Page 13. September 19, 2013.

Etiquette column- Follow-up storyThe Villager Newspaper. Fleurish Section by Society editor, Glory Weisberg. October 2, 2013.

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Invisible Disabilities in the News with IDA Founder, Wayne Connell

IDA on Comcast Newsmakers

Comcast Newsmakers reporter, Beverly Weaver, interviews Invisible Disabilities Association Founder and President, Wayne Connell about invisible disabilities. This interview aired several times in September 2013.

It’s Not An Illusion! Debilitating illness and pain is real, even though we can’t always “see” it; and we need to believe in and love the people living with them.

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe.

 

About Wayne

Wayne is the Founder & President of the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). His inspiration for IDA is His wife, Sherri, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease, Neurological Chemical Intolerance, Traumatic Brain Injury and Anaphylaxis Food Allergies. Wayne is the Author of the booklet, But You LOOK Good! How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain. He has spoken at seminars, conferences, health fairs and banquets to create awareness, education and support. His personal experience includes that of a professional, multi-tasking husband caregiver with an extensive background in management, media and technology. This man on a mission quickly launched IDA into a world-wide outreach for millions living with invisible disabilities. Wayne and the IDA Executive and Advisory Teams reach out to others living with illness, pain and injury around the world. They bring encouragement and awareness about invisible disabilities to friends, family, co-workers and businesses through websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, seminars, events, videos, radio and social networks.

Invisible Disabilities Association in The Denver Post

The Denver Post, Joanne Davidson. 11-17-13

The Denver Post, Joanne Davidson. 11-17-13

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is absolutely thrilled that The Denver Post took notice of the amazing work the IDA is doing to bring about awareness, education and support to millions of people living with debilitating illness and pain.

IDA’s passion is to bring about a better understanding of medical disabilities that are not always obvious to the onlooker, in turn restoring relationships for those who live with debilitating conditions. IDA does so through their websites, booklets, pamphlets, articles, seminars, events, videos, radio interviews and resources as well as our online community and social networks.

Annually, since 2008, IDA has given the IDA Honor Awards to individuals and organizations making a difference for those living with debilitating conditions.

The Denver Post, Joanne Davidson 11-17-13

The Denver Post, Joanne Davidson 11-17-13

Thank you to The Denver Post and society editor, Joanne Davidson for increasing this vital awareness. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of so many!

RESOURCES: 

Invisible Disabilities Association awards dinner: Photos from the evening. The Denver Post. Mile High Style. Joanne Davidson. Photographer: Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post. November 17, 2013.

Invisible Disabilities Association honors its champions. The Denver Post. Mile High Style.Joanne Davidson. Photographer: Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post. PDF.  November 17, 2013.

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

The Villager Newspaper Shines a Light on IDA’s Awards Night

Wayne Connell and Scottie Taylor Iverson, The Villager Newspaper

Wayne Connell and Scottie Taylor Iverson, writer for The Villager Newspaper

Annually, since 2008, the Invisible Disabilities Association has highlighted individuals and organizations making a difference in the lives of those living with debilitating conditions.

We have done so by giving awards to incredible people across the nation. Some have faced challenges themselves, others simply have a heart for those who are hurting.

We are honored to have Scottie Taylor Iverson spot IDA out of a crowd and join us on our amazing quest.

Invisible Disabilities Association honors visible heroes. The Villager Newspaper. Scottie Taylor Iverson. 10-10-13

Invisible Disabilities Association honors visible heroes. The Villager Newspaper. Scottie Taylor Iverson. 10-10-13

She was so kind as to highlight IDA’s 2013 Honor Awards Banquet in the Flair! section of The Villager Newspaper and followed up the full-page spread with a very exciting follow-up story!

What a thrill to meet Scottie and have her tell her readers about our journey to bring awareness and education to the world, as well as hope and compassion to those living with illness, pain and disability.

Thank you, Scottie and The Villager Newspaper!

Invisible Disabilities Association honors visible heroes. The Villager Newspaper. Scottie Taylor Iverson. 11-14-13

Invisible Disabilities Association honors visible heroes. The Villager Newspaper. Scottie Taylor Iverson. 11-14-13

 

RESOURCES:

Invisible Disabilities Association to honor 9 champions from around the nation. The Villager Newspaper. Flair! Scottie Taylor Iverson. Online excerpt. 10-09-13. Membership required to view full article.

Invisible Disabilities Association honors visible heroes. The Villager Newspaper. Flair! Scottie Taylor Iverson. Online excerpt. 11-13-13. Membership required to view full article.

 

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Matt Barrett Gets His Wish to Attend 2013 IDA Awards Banquet

Matt Barrett Speaking at the 2011 IDA Awards Banquet

Matt Barrett Speaking at the 2011 IDA Honor Awards Banquet

Meet Matt Barrett, a “Walking Miracle” in Denver on October 24th. Matt will be autographing his book, A View from the Street.

Matt Barrett has lived a life most could never imagine. Matt has battled 11 forms of cancer and four brain tumors since he was just two years old.

As if that were not enough, because his face and body are disfigured by over 1,700 major surgeries, strangers have called him a monster, children have hidden behind their mothers, and store managers have asked him to leave the premises.

It is such a travesty when people are quick to judge Matt from the outside, because they are certainly missing out on getting to know this amazing person.

Animals sense Matt's gentle spirit.

Animals sense Matt’s gentle spirit.

Despite a lifetime of fighting cancer, being homeless off and on for most of his adult life, and enduring excruciating pain on a daily basis, Matt remains a giving and loving soul. 

Ask anyone who knows Matt and they will tell you he is a “Gentle Giant.” At 6 foot 4, over 300 pounds with a love for others as big as he is, his nickname seems fitting.

People on the streets don’t have a clue what they are missing when they fail to talk with this man and give him the respect he deserves. Those who hear about Matt’s journey are not only amazed, but inspired to be more appreciative of what they have.

For decades, doctors have called Matt a “Walking Miracle!” He has lived many, many years beyond anyone’s expectations. This has allowed him to continue his purpose in making this world a better place.

In 2011, Matt received a standing ovation as a Special Guest Speaker at the Invisible Disabilities Association Awards Banquet where there was not a dry eye in the house. Today, Matt was named an IDA Ambassador!

Matt has had many other accomplishments:

Matt Barrett and Sherri Connell, wife of IDA Founder

Matt Barrett and Sherri Connell, wife of IDA Founder

Although Matt has beaten countless odds, Matt’s prognosis is not good. Many doctors have told him he only has a matter of months or just weeks.

Thanks to the people who have rallied together to raise the funds, Matt’s wish to travel back to Denver for the 2013 Invisible Disabilities Association Awards Banquet is coming true!

Meet Matt on Thursday October 24th at the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree. Details and registration: www.ItsNotAnIllusion.com

Matt Speaking at the 2011 Invisible Disabilities Association Awards Banquet

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Lifelong Battle with Illness Claims Man’s Face, Family but Not His Spirit. Martha Kang. September 27, 2013.  Picked up by Associated Press – Man’s long struggle with cancer nears end. October 15, 2013.

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Homeless in Seattle – Has helped Matt make 2 trip wishes reality through their supporters

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About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

“Invisible Disabilities Day Oct 24, 2013″ Proclaimed by Governor Hickenlooper

IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell with Colorado Governor Hickenlooper

IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell with Colorado Governor Hickenlooper

Denver, CO – October 14, 2013. We are elated to announce the proclamation of Invisible Disabilities Day on October 24, 2013. This day was brought into effect by Colorado Governor, John W. Hickenlooper.

It was requested by the Invisible Disabilities Association in light of millions living with illness, pain and disability. The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization, based out of Colorado.

Invisible Disabilities Day

Invisible Disabilities Day

IDA has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, injury and disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

The Proclamation states:

  • WHEREAS, Wayne Connell, the founder and president of the Invisible Disabilities Association, established IDA in 1996; and
  • WHEREAS, his reason was out of desire to educate friends and family about his wife’s debilitating illness and a passion for helping others; and
  • WHEREAS, millions around the globe are challenged by chronic and weakened conditions and IDA provides programs and paths for understanding; and
  • WHEREAS, IDA strives to encourage, educate and connect people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability; and
  • WHEREAS, with the help of IDA, we may envision a world where people living with illness, pain and disability will be invisible no more;

Therefore, I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2013, as INVISIBLE DISABILITIES DAY.

Join the Invisible Disabilities Association on Invisible Disabilities Day for “It’s Not an Illusion!” October 24, 2013 at 6 pm the Denver Marriott South.

Invite your co-workers, friends, family, neighbors, community and medical teams for a thrilling evening for a great cause!

Table Sponsorships and Individual Seats available. More Information and Registration: http://www.ItsNotAnIllusion.com

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, injury and disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor to Emcee Awards Night

Ed Greene, CBS4 News and Weather

Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor

Press Release

Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor to Emcee Local Awards Night

Lone Tree, CO - October 10, 2013. Will are thrilled to announce that Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2013 Invisible Disabilities Association Honor Awards Banquet on October 24, 2013 at the Denver Marriott South in Lonetree.

The evening will include nine IDA Award Recipients who are incredible individuals and businesses making a difference for people living with disabilities. Also enjoy exciting entertainment from Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin, as well as a Silent and LIVE Auction and a delicious dinner and dessert with Honorary Chairs, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons.

Ed is the senior member of Denver’s working media and has been a Denver TV Newscaster for over 32 years. Ed says he loves his job and Colorado’s always-changing weather. In rain, shine, sleet or snow, you’ll find Ed Greene on CBS4 newscasts at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. He also does weather for Denver’s KYGO radio.

Ed is one of the most recognizable and involved TV personalities in the community. In fact, he donates his time to emcee 60 to 70 events a year for local non-profit organizations and is a prominent figure at many local functions.

When asked about his involvement Ed says,

“I feel a responsibility to give back to the community. Doing that is what has kept me going all these years. The community has been good to me and in return I donate my time so that local non-profit organizations can raise money and awareness for good causes. I feel it’s the right thing to do.”

Be a sponsor or purchase individual seats. Everyone is welcome! Don’t forget to invite your co-workers and friends!

The IDA Team

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, injury and disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Illusionists Illuminate Evening for People Living with Illness and Pain

Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin

Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin

Press Release

Colorado Illusionists Illuminate the Lives of People Living with Illness and Pain

Denver, CO – October 10, 2013. It’s Not An Illusion! Debilitating illness and pain is real, even though we can’t always “see” it.

Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin will be making things “appear” in honor of millions of people living with various conditions becoming “Invisible No More” at the 2013 It’s Not An Illusion Awards Banquet on October 24, 2013 at the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree.

Since 2002, internationally recognized illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin have entertained and inspired audiences through their creative blend of both classic and cutting-edge illusions. They have performed all across the United States and on five different continents. Their programs have been featured at numerous conferences and conventions throughout the world and have reached large-scale audiences through their television appearances. Last year they performed for the Women’s NCAA Final Four in Denver. In addition, David and Teesha are the creators of several illusion training DVD’s and the authors of the popular book “ILLUSIONS.”

The evening will highlight nine IDA Award Recipients who are incredible individuals and businesses making a difference for people living with disabilities. Also enjoy a Silent and LIVE Auction and a delicious dinner and dessert with Honorary Chairs, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons and Emcee, Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor.

Join us and invite your friends, doctors and neighbors for a thrilling evening for a great cause!

The IDA Team

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, injury and disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Worldwide Outreach Awards Individuals and Organizations Making a Difference

Invisible Disabilities Association Honor Awards

Invisible Disabilities Association Honor Awards

Press Release

Worldwide Outreach Awards Individuals and Organizations Making a Difference

Denver, CO – October 10, 2013. The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) has been recognizing individuals and organizations making a difference in the lives of those living with illness, pain and disability since 2008.

Join IDA on October 24th at the Denver Marriott South to help recognize the following amazing people
with our2013 IDA Honor Awards:

 

  • Corporate - Dave Liniger, Chairman and Co-founder – RE/MAX
  • Founders - Paul Myhill – TrafficJam
  • Healthcare - Marlo Thomas, Award Winning Actress and Author, National Outreach Director – St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Impact -Kimberly McCleary, President and CEO -CFIDS Association of America
  • InspirationKevin Sorbo – Actor, Producer, Director and Author of True Strength
  • Invisible HeroJennifer Brusstar, President and CEO – Tug McGraw Foundation
  • Perseverance - Laura Hillenbrand, New York Times Bestselling Author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken
  • Research - John Kelley, Chair and CEO – CereScan
  • Volunteer - Shery McDonald-Galbreath, Founder and President – SaddleUp! Foundation

Also experience exciting entertainment from Illusionists, David and Teesha Laflin. Meet our Emcee, Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather and News Anchor, as well as Honorary Chairs, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons. Enjoy a Silent and LIVE Auction and a delicious dinner and dessert.

Truly and evening of inspiring stories, touching presentations and lighthearted fun bring awareness to invisible disabilities. Doctors, nurses, friends and family often walk away saying, “Wow! I didn’t get it until tonight!”

Be a sponsor or purchase individual seats. Everyone is welcome! Don’t forget to invite your co-workers and friends!

The IDA Team

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA Founder and President Special Guest on Kidney Talk

Renal Support Network 2013Press Release

IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell, was Special Guest on Kidney Talk!

Parker, CO – September 12, 2013. The Invisible Disabilities Association Founder and President, Wayne Connell was a Special Guest on Kidney Talk! on August 20, 2013.

He discussed living with invisible disabilities with Lori Hartwell of the Renal Support Network. He shared awareness, tips and insights for understanding and supporting people living with all types of debilitating conditions.

Listen to the interview online!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

RESOURCE:

Renal Support Network

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

People Living with Chronic Pain Are Not Alone

NewAllsuplogoAllsup and the Invisible Disabilities Association Remind Those Living with Chronic Pain That They Are Not Alone

September is Pain Awareness Month.

Belleville, Ill. – September 06, 2013. About 100 million adult Americans experience chronic pain every year, according to the Institute of Medicine. The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) and Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation and VA disability appeals, are observing Pain Awareness Month in September. Their goal is to raise awareness of common—yet often invisible—painful conditions and offer support and resources to those living with chronic pain.

According to the American Academy of Pain Management, the most common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain and neurogenic pain. Neurogenic pain results from peripheral nerve or central nervous system damage. This can happen after a bout with shingles, during a stroke, through trauma (especially of the spinal cord), or from a chronic degenerative condition such as multiple sclerosis.

Many of these conditions are disabling. Arthritis, for example, is the most frequent cause of disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It affects the quality of life for about 50 million adults. Forty percent of adults with arthritis are limited in their usual activities and 33 percent report severe pain.

Conditions like arthritis, neuropathy and complex regional pain syndrome are often invisible, making it difficult for others to understand the toll they take on the individual.

Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at InvisibleDisabilities.org

The Invisible Disabilities Association offers support to those living with chronic pain.

“Loved ones often have a hard time understanding how symptoms such as extreme fatigue and pain can be debilitating,” said IDA Founder and President Wayne Connell. “The invisible nature of chronic pain creates an atmosphere of suspicion or disbelief, even by those who are closest to you. It can be a very lonely experience.”

Pain Awareness Month reminds people living with chronic pain that they are not alone. “IDA is one of many organizations offering support and resources to people in pain, helping them connect with others and providing services designed to improve their quality of life,” said Connell.

A list of organizations and pain management resources is available at resources.allsup.com.

SSDI is an important resource. Individuals who cannot continue working due to chronic pain may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. SSDI is a federally mandated disability insurance program employers and employees pay for through payroll (FICA) taxes. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals under full retirement age who can no longer work because of a severe disability. They qualify for Medicare 24 months after their SSDI eligibility date.

SSDI is a valuable resource for disabled workers. However, obtaining SSDI benefits is not easy. More than two-thirds of initial applications are denied. The process can be more difficult for those living with chronic pain, due to its subjective nature. The SSA is required to consider the effects of chronic pain and the medications prescribed to treat it, but there must also be sufficient medical evidence documenting the underlying medically determinable severe impairment. Evidence of ongoing pain management treatment would add further weight and credibility to an individual’s pain complaint(s).

To learn more and to see if you are eligible for SSDI, call the Allsup Disability Evaluation Center at (888) 841-2126 or visit Expert.Allsup.com for a free SSDI evaluation.

About the Invisible Disabilities Association

The Invisible Disabilities Association encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. IDA was founded in 1996 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA’s website, publications, seminars and special events address all debilitating conditions that are often misunderstood. The IDA Annual Awards Banquet and Auction honors individuals and organizations making a difference in the lives of those living with illness, pain and disability. Visit http://invisibledisabilities.org/.

About Allsup

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, Click Here. Visit Allsup on Facebook.

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

My First TV Interview

Angela Pierce TV InterviewRecently, I was a guest on a local TV program hosted by Scott Kaplan and Amber Mesker.  It was the first time I had ever been interviewed.  I did not realize how simple the set up was, as I expected to see a lot more cameras, lights and noise.  It was a simple set and very quiet.

I was asked to come on and tell my story about my accident.  When the interview began, I thought it would be about how to motivate people via my story, but instead it was an account of what actually happened.  I took a moment in my mind to figure out how to bring motivation to the story, so I referenced the moment when I was put in the ambulance and told Scott and Amber that my thoughts were centered on survival.  Instead of laying in a hospital, I’ll be laying in the sun and enjoying the weather.

The way I thought I could motivate people was to tell them that the most important thing when facing tragedy was to tell yourself, “don’t give up.  You’ll have your day in the sun if you hold on to life.”  After almost thirty years, I still tell myself that same message and find it to be very helpful to me as new challenges and struggles surface.

In conclusion, here’s the message for you, the readers:  When difficulty or tragedy strikes, realize that there are many different ways you can respond.  The most important thing to remember is that you can tell yourself is that it will be OK.  The moment won’t last forever.  You are worth more than the price of the trauma!

RESOURCE

U-T San Diego – Front Page with Scott & Amber. Watch Angela’s interview. January 14, 2013.

About Angela Pierce

In 1985, Angela Pierce survived a 125-foot free fall while mountain climbing, breaking her bones in 168 places. Her story of survival is a miracle. The lessons she has learned over the last 27 years are an incredible inspiration to others who must climb their own mountains every day. Visit her website, Falling Off the Mountain.

A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever

A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever - Huffington Post 12-12-2012 Set 2HuffPost LIVE produced by The Huffington Post a video interview and article with Wayne Connell, the founder and president of the Invisible Disabilities Association (my hubby) and me.

The show was titled, “A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever” and was hosted by Nancy Redd.

Holy Toledo! How cool is that! As of today, it has 117,771 views! Although I mention Lyme, the interview is really about ALL living with debilitating illness and pain, no matter what their diagnosis. Most of all, it is about helping friends and family better understand.

The Huffington Post wrote:

Sherri Connell, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis & Lyme Disease, and her husband Wayne Connell, the Founder & President of Invisible Disabilities Association, joined HuffPost Live to tell Nancy Redd Sherri’s story of contracting her illnesses through a tick bite and how they have turned it into a positive thing by founding an organization to help those with disabilities.

“When I was fourteen I was bit by a tick but at the time I didn’t know it,” Connell told Redd. “But, I started feeling chronic pain soon after.”

“I fell in love with her and we got married in ’94. And in ’96 she coined the phrase, “Invisible disabilities,” said her husband Connell.

The show was produced by the Huffington Post with excerpts from the HuffPost Live episode from December 11, 2012 entitled, “Not Handicapped Enough.” Interviewed for this segment was Wayne, Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and was hosted by Nancy Redd. Read full story!

Watch the 3 minute show, “A Tick Bite Changed My Life Forever” below! Share it with friends, family and groups to increase awareness and send a message to the media that these are the kinds of articles people want to hear and read about!

RESOURCES

Invisible Disabilities Association

HuffPost LIVE

The Huffington Post

Not Handicapped Enough

About Sherri Connell

Sherri has always been an extremely active person. She used to cheer-lead, sing and dance in musicals, act in commercials, model in fashion shows, work multiple jobs and obtained 3 college degrees. However, she has been unable to work or care for her daily needs since 1991, due to Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic-Late Lyme Disease. Sherri also lives with Chemical Injury, which causes her to be very isolated from family and friends. Her unbearable and disabling pain, fatigue and cognitive disorders are unrelenting 24x7. Sherri desires to help others better understand debilitating conditions, as she shares her story and information about her illnesses. Despite her daily pain and losses, Sherri's writings and videos come to life with her humor and positive attitude. Sherri's journey and struggles for others to understand her disability have inspired her husband, Wayne, to reach out to millions of others like Sherri, through the Invisible Disabilities Association. Sherri is not a medical professional, please seek advice from your doctor before making any changes to healthcare or lifestyle.

IDA Receives “Best Booth Award” for Allsup’s Disability Expo

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IDA Receives the “Best Booth Award” for Allsup’s Disability Expo

Parker, CO – January 23, 2013. The Invisible Disabilities Association is thrilled to receive the “Best Booth Award” for Allsup’s True Help® Disability Web Expo. The free, online expo was held on September 27, 2012 and available on-demand through December 26th.

15 non-profit organizations were invited by Allsup to participate in the event. IDA presented 6 Video Interviews and LIVE chats with our experts. We also made informative pamphlets, hand-outs, videos and resources available to the attendees.

The award included a $1,000 scholarship to IDA to help us continue to encourage, educate and support people touched by illness and disabilities around the world. This award was determined by the feedback and votes from attendees of the expo.

Thank you everyone who attended and voted for us!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1996. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

Additional Resources

2012 Online Disability Expo Now Available Through December 26

IDA Presents LIVE Chats with Our Experts September 27th

Free Online Disability Expo with IDA September 27, 2012

 

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA Makes the “Top 10 Guest Blogs of 2012″ on Disability.gov

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IDA Makes the “Top 10 Guest Blogs of 2012″ on Disability.gov

Parker, CO – January 03, 2013. IDA Founder, Wayne Connell is a regular Guest Blogger on Disability.blog by Disability.gov. We are elated to announce that IDA Made the “Top 10 Guest Blogs of 2012″ on Disability.Blog by Disability.Gov. We are thrilled to receive this recognition and to be given the opportunity to bring about more awareness and education about Invisible Disabilities!

Disability.Blog wrote:

2012 was an exciting year for Disability.Blog! We expanded existing partnerships and began dynamic new ones with leading disability organizations, such as the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). IDA President and Founder Wayne Connell and IDA ambassadors, including Kathe Skinner and Jeff Vankooten, wrote thoughtful posts throughout the year to let our readers know about the importance of recognizing and understanding invisible disabilities, and to offer people living with chronic illness and pain an opportunity to tell their personal stories.

Read full story.

Thank you to all of our guest CO-authors and readers who have commented and liked our blogs, showing your support for what IDA is doing!

The IDA Team

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

RELATED ARTICLES:

Invisible No More!

It’s All in Your Head

Join the Expedition

Learning the Language of Invisible Disabilities

Looks Can Be Deceiving on Disability.gov

What’s So Funny About on Disability.gov

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

IDA on HUFFPOST LIVE News

HUFFPOST LIVE IDA Wayne Connell 12-11-2012.Press Release

IDA Invited to be a Special Guest on HUFFPOST LIVE News

Parker, CO – December 12, 2012. Wayne Connell, Founder and President of the Invisible Disabilities Association was honored to be a Special Guest on HUFFPOST LIVE produced by THE HUFFINGTON POST.

Nancy Redd hosted this informative broadcast entitled, “Not Handicapped Enough.

Joining Wayne was Hall of Fame Speaker, Humorist and Nurse, Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN. Karyn is also an IDA Advisory Board Member, author of the book series, “What’s So Funny About…” and founder of Journal of Nursing Jocularity. Karyn has spoken at several of IDA’s events and was the recipient of the 2009 IDA Healthcare Award. She is the past President of the Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor and teaches nurses, businesses and people living with illness and pain how to use humor as stress-relief and therapy.

Wayne’s wife, Sherri was also invited to share her insights and perspectives on living with invisible disabilities. Sherri lives with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic-Late Lyme Disease and Chemical Injury. Once a very active young woman, singing and dancing in musicals, achieving multiple college degrees and enjoying her career, Sherri has been unable to care for her own daily needs since 1991. Sherri and Wayne were married in 1994.

HUFFPOST LIVE producers were inspired to air this episode after reading an article from Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, “I May Be Disabled, But People Don’t Think I’m Blind Enough.” Elsa was also a Special Guest on the evening’s program.

Thank you goes out to HUFFPOST LIVE and THE HUFFINGTON POST for airing this valuable information and awareness! WATCH HERE!

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

ARTICLE RESOURCES

Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor

Chemical Injury

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

HUFFPOST LIVE

THE HUFFINGTON POST

I May Be Disabled, But People Don’t Think I’m Blind Enough.

Journal of Nursing Jocularity

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN

Invisible Disabilities Association

SherriConnell.com

What’s So Funny About…

Wayne Connell

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Join the Expedition

By Wayne Connell, Founder & President, Invisible Disabilities Association.

Article Excerpt: See what an amazing difference IDA is making with our Annual Honor Awards Banquets. Not only is this an amazing night for attendees, but we share our videos from the evening and article about the Award Recipients to increase awareness, education and support around the world! 

In recognition of National Disabilities Month, every October for the past five years, the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) has hosted an awards banquet in Lone Tree, Colorado. This year’s banquet will take place on October 14th. This event allows IDA to honor amazing individuals and organizations from around the nation who are making a difference in the lives of people touched by illness, pain and disability. We also feature incredible keynote speakers such as National Speaker Hall of Fame Inductee Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE; New York Times bestselling author Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván and New York Met’s World Series Champion Ed Hearn. This year we invite you to “Join the Expedition.”

Dictionary.com defines an expedition as, “an organized journey or voyage for a specific purpose.” Much time and planning goes into preparing for an expedition. Sometimes it requires learning a new language; sometimes it forges ahead into difficult places. An expedition often requires a map, unless the territory is unknown and uncharted. And of course lots and lots of cool equipment and tools are needed. Finally, an expedition usually requires a partner or a team to go with you, and a group back home cheering you on.

The problem with the expedition of caregiving or living daily with illness and pain is that you rarely have the opportunity to prepare or pre-plan. It just happens! IDA wants to help people to become “expedition ready” even in the midst of the journey.

IDA’s 5th annual banquet will feature Antarctic Mike (Pierce) and his wife, Angela, as keynote speakers. Mike and Angela have been on a very long expedition. Mike is a professional speaker, executive recruiter, avid adventure athlete, world record holder and a husband. Angela Pierce is a wife, a blogger and someone who lives daily with disability and has done so most of her life. Together, they are an amazing team!

Mike has completed marathons in some of the world’s coldest climates including the Canadian Arctic, Siberia and twice in the Antarctic. He has set world records in endurance swimming and cycling as well. Adventure sports have changed Mike’s life in many ways, including teaching him the importance of being mentally focused and conditioned to run the most challenging, important and worthwhile expedition, that of helping Angela manage her lifetime disability. Read more of their story on Disability.Blog.

The good news is there are a group of people and organizations from around the nation who are journeying alongside people touched by illness, pain and disability. IDA will be honoring them on this great evening. IDA honorees include:

  • 2012 Advocacy Award Honoree: Suzanne Mintz has been chosen based on her passion and advocacy as the founder of the National Family Caregivers Association. She has set the example for others by caregiving for her husband, Steven, who is living with Multiple Sclerosis. She has used her experience to inspire and advocate for other caregivers.
  • 2012 Caregiver Award Honoree: John O’Brien has been chosen based on his passion and commitment to personally care for his wife and her journey with illness. This passion for people living with illness and pain also moved John to co-found Central Coast Senior Services, a home care agency which provides professional and compassionate caregiving.
  • 2012 Corporate Award Honoree: Debbie Marriott Harrison has been chosen for her personal journey as a caregiver and champion of those living with invisible disabilities, including her own children. In addition, Debbie is an example for others in her role as Senior Vice President of the Marriott Corporation, a company that is leading the way with a disability-friendly atmosphere for both their guests and employees.
  • 2012 Founders Award Honoree: Dick Layton has been chosen based on his personal involvement with IDA’s founder Wayne Connell as a mentor and as a strategic advisor to the entire IDA organization. Dick uses his passion to help others by making a difference in their lives and their organizations and therefore multiplying his impact and reach. Dick Layton is a currently a Managing Partner at Kenton Talent Management.
  • 2012 Healthcare Award Honoree: Kermit Crawford has been chosen based on his leadership role at Walgreen’s as the President of the Pharmacy, Health and Wellness Services and Solutions and his focus on the wellbeing and health of all Americans. Kermit has led Walgreens in the development of programs and services such as the Take Care Clinics, Health Corner TV, Health Screening Tours and the Walk with Walgreens initiative.
  • 2012 Impact Award Honoree: Jan Chambers has been chosen based on her desire and passion to positively impact people living with fibromyalgia and pain through her work as the President of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association.
  • 2012 Inspiration Award Honoree: Bob Woodruff has been chosen because as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor he inspires others with TBI to keep fighting and to use their challenges and triumphs to help encourage others. Bob founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to honor and encourage veterans, as well as service men and women living with invisible disabilities. Bob is an amazing inspiration and is making a difference in the lives of others.
  • 2012 Invisible Hero Award Honoree: Anna Bigham has been chosen based on her work as the founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization Hidden Wounds. After enduring the tragic loss of her brother, Anna has dedicated her life to serving military personnel living with invisible disabilities by bringing them hope and inspiration.
  • 2012 Medical Award Honoree: Dr. Marshall Thomas has been chosen based on his passion to provide exceptional clinical care and research for patients living with mental health disorders through his leadership as the Executive Director of the University of Colorado’s Depression Center. Under his guidance, the Depression Center has become a recognized leader in research and treatment of depression, as well as a much needed community resource for health professionals and the public about mood disorders.
  • 2012 Perseverance Award Honoree: Angela Pierce has been chosen based on her amazing perseverance as she lives each day with illness from childhood, ongoing long term pain and life threatening injuries caused by a major climbing accident 27 years ago. In addition, despite her circumstances, Angela shares her story, as well as her struggles and triumphs, in order to encourage others in person and through the internet.
  • 2012 Research Award Honoree: Envoy Medical Corporation has been chosen based on its cutting edge research, and the creation of the Esteem®, an implantable, invisible, prosthetic hearing restoration device.
  • 2012 Volunteer Award Honoree: Frances Owens has been chosen based on her lifelong, passionate volunteerism with multiple charities serving people living daily with illness and disability, as well as for those recovering from tragedy. Frances’ current work with Developmental Pathways and the HeartLight Center is inspiring. Her volunteerism with Anchor Center for the Blind, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, The Children’s Hospital, The Colorado Autism Society, women’s heart health and Denver Health’s Newborns in Need is an example to be followed.

In addition, check out our great expert chats on the first ever Online True Help® Disability Web Expo sponsored by Allsup, which will be held on September 27th. Register today for this free event. Topics include:

  • “Be Expedition Ready – Learn about preparing for the journey of care giving” by Antarctic Mike
  • “Ready, Set, Thrive – Nine new rules for engaging change and managing stress” by Jeff Vankooten
  • “7 Realities of the Invisible Becoming Visible” by Wayne Connell, IDA Founder and President
  • “Communication Do’s and Don’ts for People with Disabilities” by Kathe Skinner, MA, LMFT
  • “Humor for Health & Well-Being” by Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE
  • “Your Changing Brain – The owner’s manual to your mind” by Rick Watson

We hope you “Join the Expedition” with us this year in Denver. We believe we all need each other, and even though the journey can be difficult and lengthy, it can be endured with the help of others. IDA will continue to take the lead and provide support and guidance along the way. To register or learn more about the banquet, please go to www.JoinTheExpedition.org.

This article was first published on Disability.Blog by Disability.gov. September 19, 2012.

RELATED ARTICLES:

Invisible No More!

It’s All in Your Head

Learning the Language of Invisible Disabilities

Looks Can Be Deceiving on Disability.gov

What’s So Funny About on Disability.gov

About Wayne

Wayne is the Founder & President of the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA). His inspiration for IDA is His wife, Sherri, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease, Neurological Chemical Intolerance, Traumatic Brain Injury and Anaphylaxis Food Allergies. Wayne is the Author of the booklet, But You LOOK Good! How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain. He has spoken at seminars, conferences, health fairs and banquets to create awareness, education and support. His personal experience includes that of a professional, multi-tasking husband caregiver with an extensive background in management, media and technology. This man on a mission quickly launched IDA into a world-wide outreach for millions living with invisible disabilities. Wayne and the IDA Executive and Advisory Teams reach out to others living with illness, pain and injury around the world. They bring encouragement and awareness about invisible disabilities to friends, family, co-workers and businesses through websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, seminars, events, videos, radio and social networks.

Autographed Peyton Manning Paper Mosaic by Artist Russell Irwin

St Louis artist and IDA Ambassador, Russell Irwin creates and donates a one-of-a-kind Peyton Manning Paper Mosaic for 2012 Invisible Disabilities Association Honors Banquet. The 20 x 30 Paper Mosaic is autographed by both Russell Irwin and by Peyton Manning, Quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

I begin my creation by applying layers of torn paper in mosaic patterns of texture and color. This becomes the surface on which I use power sanders to grind, carve and articulate integrated dimensions of image and story.

I call these works of art Paper Mosaics. These are my creations; this is my art, the work that I love.

~ Russell Irwin

IDA is so thrilled by this amazing donation which is the center piece of our live auction at our 5th Annual Honors Banquet on October 14th.

Peyton Manning Autographed Paper Mosaic by Russell IrwinWe are overwhelmed by the generosity of both Russell and Peyton. To have an original work of art created by such a renowned sports artist as Russell Irwin who has also been commissioned by the NFL, the Masters, the Dallas Cowboys and of course extensive works for the St Louis Cardinals is quite amazing unto itself. To also have a future Hall of Fame Quarterback, Peyton Manning signing his name to it is over the top!

Every true Peyton Manning fan should lining up to register for the chance to bid on a part of history on October 14th in Lone Tree, Colo. As fantastic as it is, the Paper Mosaic is only part of a wonderful evening of honoring twelve individuals and organizations nationwide who are making a difference in the lives of people touched by illness, pain and disability. The evening will be capped off with a keynote by world record holder and adventure athlete Antarctic Mike (Pierce) and his wife Angela, a life long disability survivor.

Join the Expedition on Oct 14th. Register HERE!

Watch videos below of Russell Irwin’s dimensional, amazing and unique Paper Mosaics.

Ever Wonder? Precious
The Making of Ever Wonder Precious – The Video
   

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Russell Irwin Gallery

The Russell Irwin Gallery: Sports Art

Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos

PeyBack Foundation by Peyton Manning

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Free Online Disability Expo with IDA September 27, 2012

UPDATE September 28: This Expo will be available on-demand through December 26, 2012.

Press Release

IDA Teams Up with Allsup for a FREE and Online True Help® Disability Web Expo

Parker, CO – July 16, 2012. There will be more than a dozen leading nonprofit organizations presenting, including the Invisible Disabilities Association and Allsup.

Virtual booths with experts in health, Social Security Disability Insurance, financial planning, Medicare and health insurance will be available to provide screening services, answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

This free online event will support the specific needs and interests of people with disabilities and chronic illness. Caregivers, healthcare providers and the general public also are encouraged to attend.

Network with others, register for prizes, make your voice heard in the live chats, and more!

This is a FREE One-Day Live, Online Event Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012:

7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (PST) / 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (MST) / 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (CST) / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m (EST)

The Invisible Disabilities Association Booth Will Include:

  • Front Desk
  • About IDA
  • Encouragement and Education
  • Invisible No More TV
  • Videos, Handouts and Pamphlets
  • 6 Live Chats with Experts

Don’t Miss the Live Chats with Our Experts: Based on Central Standard Time

  • 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Making the Most of Your Web Expo Experience. Allsup.
  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Ready, Set, Thrive – Nine new rules for engaging change and managing stress. Jeff Vankooten, Speaker, Trainer and  IDA Executive Board Member who lives with Bipolar Disorder.
  • Noon – 12:50 p.m. 7 Realities of the Invisible Becoming Visible. IDA Founder and President, Wayne Connell. 
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Communication Do’s and Don’ts for People with Disabilities. Kathe Skinner, MA, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist and IDA Executive Board Member. Kathe also lives with Multiple Sclerosis. She and her husband, David specialize in counseling couples with a spouse living with chronic illness.
All Available Booths:
Invisible Disabilities Association / Allsup – Help with Social Security Disability and Medicare / AAPD /American Parkinson Disease Association /Arthritis Foundation /Brain Injury Association of America /The Mended Hearts, Inc. / National Alliance on Mental Illness / National Family Caregivers Association / National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association / National Multiple Sclerosis Society /National Stroke Association / National Spinal Cord Injury Association / NORD – National Organization for Rare Diseases

Register Here - It’s free!

IMPORTANT! After you register for the expo, go to the “Empowerment Hall” where IDA’s Booth will be. That is where you will find all of our information, videos and 6 Live Chats! Hoover over the booths with your mouse to find our booth and click on it!

Print Our Flyer - Share with your groups, friends, family, doctors, nurses and caregivers!

Help Raise $1,000 for IDA in September – Share your thoughts on how others can encourage you on your journey! Click the link for details!

This expo is open to all living with chronic illness, pain, injury, disability and their loved ones, as well as medical professionals and all who want to learn more about these subjects.

ABOUT THE INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization that has been encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by invisible disabilities around the world since 1997. IDA provides awareness, articles, pamphlets, booklets, radio interviews, videos, seminars, events, resources, an online social network and much more.

Contact the IDA Team: Go to the Contact Page on the Invisible Disabilities Association website. Visit the Invisible Disabilities Association at: www.InvisibleDisabilities.org

About

The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!