Invisible Disabilities

in·vis·i·ble dis·a·bil·i·ty
/inˈvizəb(ə)l/ /disəˈbilədē/

Why should you care about INVISIBLE DISABILITIES?

When you see someone in a wheelchair, with a hearing aid or a white cane it is easy to identify their disability and know what difficulties they may face. However, there is a whole range of invisible disabilities that can influence people’s behaviours, mobility or ability to communicate.

In today’s fast moving world we should be more tolerant, realise that the person irritating you by walking too slow or child throwing a tantrum may have an invisible disability. We should all #stopstaringstartcaring.

Invisible Disabilities:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Allergies
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Brain injuries
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Food allergies
  • Fructose malabsorption
  • Hereditary Fructose Intolerance
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Lupus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Major depression
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Personality disorders
  • Primary immunodeficiency
  • Psychiatric disabilities
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schnitzler’s Syndrome
  • Schizophrenia
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Just because a person has a disability, does not mean they are disabled.


Ilse Kilian-Ross

Ilse Kilian-Ross is the owner of Amazing K, a registered ECD and Partial Care Facility in Johannesburg. Amazing K is a private adhd school, autism school and therapy centre for children from age 2 - 6 years where learners receive the best of both the schooling and therapy world. The autism school offers Individualized Education Programs, Speech- and Augmentive Alternative Communication (AAC) therapy as well as a full and adapted Academic Curriculum.