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The Hidden Challenges Of Invisible Disabilities
Thursday 8 June 2017
The hidden challenges of invisible disabilities
Millions of people work with disabilities they rarely talk about, but greater awareness can help both employers and employees, writes Jessica Holland.
Fighting to make it as an actor can be tough.
“It’s a cut-throat profession,” says Isabella McGough. “You need to look physically strong, and show that you’ve got the strength of mind, body and soul.”
The 23-year-old Londoner is up for the challenge, though, juggling rehearsals with a job at a pub to pay the bills and teaching work on the side. “I’ve always tried to live my life to the fullest and not miss out on anything,” she says.
This is why she hesitates to tell people that she has epilepsy. It’s not the type that’s sensitive to flashing lights, but she’s at risk of seizures if she overexerts herself or doesn’t get enough sleep.
A billion people worldwide live with some kind of disability, according to the World Health Organization, and one US survey found that 74% of those with disabilities don’t use a wheelchair or anything else that might visually signal their impairment to the outside world.
If someone uses a wheelchair, or is visually impaired, it can be easier to understand the difficulties they might face and to support them. For those with so-called invisible impairments, such as depression, chronic pain or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome), it’s often a different story. Colleagues may not spot the challenges they are experiencing, and may find it hard to comprehend or believe someone with a “hidden” impairment genuinely needs help.
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