My friend has a disability. Often we think disabilities are only those that we can see such as a person in a wheelchair or someone with a developmental disability with distinct characteristics like Down’s syndrome or Cerebral palsy. However, there are many other types of disabilities that are undetectable.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) suggests that the term invisible disabilities 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 symptoms 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.