When we hear the word disabled most of us think of those who have a visible disability. Disabilities come in all forms and effect many different types of people. Disabilities do not discriminate. You may be rich or poor, black or white, old or young, educated or not a disability doesn't care about any of these things.
My wife and I both suffer from disabilities. My disability is due to an accident but her disability is one of a medical nature and one that is much more hidden. Our son has ADHD
this by definition is also a disability. In our family alone we have three separate disabilities. Our son ten is the best off of all of us as he can be managed by medication, therapy and more open understanding in society.
I am forty -five and my disability is a severe spine injury which affects every aspect of my life. I also suffer from PTSD . My disabilities are hidden as well as visible. My wife on the other hand suffers with Peripheral Neuropathy and her disability is completely hidden except to those that really know her. She suffers with pain of varying types as well as having her life affected in all areas daily as well. My wife is only thirty -two.
We are just three people in this world who suffer from invisible disabilities. There are thousands of people in the world who suffer from a wide variety of very disabling and mostly invisible disabilities. The view of society, doctors and the government on those with these invisible disabilities are quite squed and unfair.
The government often times only gives credit to a disability if it is one that is visible. There definition of disability is as follows "The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months." However, there are people who suffer from chronic Fibromalagia, Peripheral Neuropathy ,Chronic Fatigue and a plethora of other invisible disabilities These are true disabilities and fall under the governmental definition of a disability. Yet, these people are passed over and over again for needed disability payments and other help from the government as well as other agencies and doctors.
One of the many solutions to this problem is more awareness by all people, doctors and most of all the government. Some people think that the solution lies in more litigation but the truth is without greater awareness then litigation will not and does not help those in our society who are suffering.
We as a society need to better educate ourselves and then from that education we need to begin to advocate for those who are living, suffering and dying from invisible disabilities. It is up to us to help those who often times cannot afford to help themselves. I strongly urge everyone to join the fight to help all disabled people; those with visible and those with invisible disabilities. Become aware, become active, become supportive and please always be tolerant and understanding.