The Invisible Disabilities Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your donation supports IDA’s mission. Our mission is to encourage, educate and connect people and organizations touched by illness, pain, and disability around the globe. Your generous donation will help us realize our vision of a world where people living with illness, pain, and disability will be Invisible No More®!
People often ask what the term invisible disability means. To define invisible disability in simple terms is a physical, mental or neurological condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities that is invisible to the onlooker. Unfortunately, the very fact that these symptoms are invisible can lead to misunderstandings, false perceptions, and judgments.
Defining invisible disability is an important part of education.
In general, the term disability is often used to describe an ongoing physical challenge. That challenge could be a well-managed bump in life or a mountain that creates severe changes and loss. Either way, this term should not be used to describe a person as weaker or lesser than anyone else! Every person has a purpose, uniqueness, and value, no matter what hurdles they may face. When we define invisible disability, it helps us understand the subtle differences and challenges each person experiences in their daily lives.
Also, just because a person has a disability, does not mean they are disabled. Many living with these challenges are still fully active in their work, families, sports or hobbies. Some with disabilities can work full or part-time but struggle to get through their day, with little or no energy for other things. Others are unable to maintain gainful or substantial employment due to their disability, have trouble with daily living activities and need assistance with their care.
Your donation supports IDA’s mission to open doors of communication and understanding.
Often people think the term, disability, only refers to people using a wheelchair or walker. On the contrary, the 1994-1995 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) found that 26 million Americans (almost 1 in 10) have a severe disability, while only 1.8 million used a wheelchair and 5.2 million used a cane, crutches or walker (Americans with Disabilities 94-95). In other words, 74% of Americans who live with a severe disability do not use such devices. Therefore, a disability cannot be determined solely by whether or not a person uses assistive equipment.
The term we define invisible disability refers to symptoms such as debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences and mental health disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments. These are not always obvious to the onlooker, but can sometimes or always limit daily activities, range from mild challenges to severe limitations, and vary from person to person.
Our vision of Invisible No More® is possible when your donation supports IDA’s mission.
The Invisible Disabilities® Association is about believing. We believe you! The frequently invisible nature of illness and pain may lead to disbelief about that illness or pain by those surrounding the person who lives daily with invisible disabilities. This disbelief can lead to misunderstandings, rejection by friends, family and healthcare providers. It may also lead to accusations of laziness or fake illness. We are passionate about providing awareness that invisible illness, pain, and disabilities are very real! Our mission is to encourage, educate and connect people and organizations touched by illness, pain, and disability around the globe. Your donation support IDA’s mission around the world. Envision with us, a world where people living with illness, pain, and disability will be Invisible No More®.