Supporting people with invisible disabilities

4 ways to be an ally to people with invisible disabilities, by Sara Whitestone (Everyday Feminism).

As someone who lives with an invisible disability, I struggle on a daily basis to live with my ever-changing abilities. My condition reacts to a variety of factors, so my symptoms vary on any given day. It’s a constant juggle between wanting to do as much as I can without hurting myself while dealing with the social repercussions of my fluctuating abilities. In my experience, strangers confront me every time I go out in public to validate my disability to them in some way – and this is a common experience.

I appreciated reading her experiences and recommendations, especially:

It’s safe to assume that if someone has a certain accommodation, they received it for a reason – but we can never assume what that reason is. It’s important not to police people when they use these accommodations – or if they don’t.

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