#invisiblydisabledlookslike challenges misconceptions about disability
At the end of Invisible Disabilities week in October, Annie Segarra began a hashtag encouraging Twitter users to share their experiences of invisible disabilities using the hash tag #InvisiblyDisabledLooksLike.
Since then, many disabled people have been filling Twitter with their discussions of their invisible disabilities. So I thought I’d highlight some of those discussions in this post to help raise awareness of what invisibly disabled looks like. The internet has been a platform for many great disability discussions over the years and this occasion is no different. Disabled people who are often judged by able bodied people who think they don’t look disabled, are creating a platform to challenge perceptions of what disability looks like.
People use the hashtag to show how appearances do not tell the full story:
“You don’t even know you’re own name?!”— Claire (@clairenorman123) November 12, 2017
“Take your time”
“You only got the job because they felt sorry for you”
“Can you write it down?”
“Don’t be nervous”
I #stammer – deal with it. Wait for me to finish – what I have to say is just as valuable.#InvisiblyDisabledLooksLike pic.twitter.com/tsgZUrCF79
I am what being #InvisiblyDisabledLooksLike. I walk but not easily. I function w/ cocktail of meds to which we add but never subtract.— (((mrswifey))) (@mrswifey) October 30, 2017
Of course you don't see my illness when I'm awake at 4am in pain and you're asleep. #InvisiblyDisabledLooksLike— Krysti Heflin (@KrystiHeflin) October 29, 2017
1.) I only just now with #InvisiblyDisabledLooksLike realised I count as disabled. I have fibromyalgia and depression with social anxiety.— Tiina from Finland (@TiinaFF) October 26, 2017
#InvisiblyDisabledLooksLike having to say you’re physically sick because your mental illness isn’t serious enough to warrant a day off— Becca Meier (@beccaameier) October 26, 2017
What are your experiences of invisible disabilities? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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