July 2, 2006

Disabilities Are Not Always Obvious

I came across a site on "invisible disabilities". I've known a number of people with limiting challenges that were not apparent when you met them. Here's a few key points from www.myida.org/ids.htm:
  • Just because a person has a disability, does not mean they are "disabled."

  • A 1995 survey found that 26 million Americans (almost 1 in 10) were considered to have a severe disability, while 74% of Americans who live with a severe disability do not use assistive devices (such as canes or walkers).

  • "The term Invisible Disabilities ™ refers a person's symptoms such as extreme fatigue, dizziness, pain, weakness, cognitive impairments, etc. that are sometimes or always debilitating. These symptoms can occur due to chronic illness, chronic pain, injury, birth disorders, etc. and are not always obvious to the onlooker."

The IDA is sponsoring a Cleaner Indoor Air Campaign. Good for them! They are helping to raise awareness that many of us get ill if we are too close to perfumes and many chemicals.

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