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People Shouldn't Have To 'Prove' They Have An Invisible Illness Or Disability

Friday 30 March 2018


From The Huffington Post UK:


Hannah Gibson
Hannah Gibson
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People Shouldn't Have To 'Prove' They Have An Invisible Illness Or Disability

Paralympic athlete Sophia Warner said she had to 'publicly prove' she has cerebral palsy at an airport.

By Rachel Moss
Wednesday 28 March 2018
© 2018 Oath Inc. All rights reserved. Part of HuffPost Lifestyle.

Being disabled or having a chronic illness is not always visible from the outside, but that doesn’t mean it affects your life any less. Yet people who have invisible illnesses or disabilities are routinely asked to “prove” their condition to others.

Paralympic athlete Sophia Warner, who has cerebral palsy, tweeted about her experience of this on Tuesday, saying she was ordered to “publicly prove” her condition by EasyJet staff at an airport. “I was told ‘you look completely normal. Why do you need help?’ I cried all the way home,” she said.

EasyJet has since apologised and said it is investigating the way the athlete was treated, but other people with invisible illnesses or disabilities have told HuffPost UK unfortunately, being made to justify why you need assistance, time off from work or just a little understanding is not uncommon.

Hannah Gibson, 31, suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, and dysautonomia, on top of a congenital condition where some of her organs failed to develop. Because her conditions are invisible, she says people often forget she has accessibility issues, even after she’s informed them.


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