Many people have disabilities that are not easily classifiable or immediately apparent. Such disabilities include fatigue, difficulty breathing, and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, AIDS, and fibromyalgia. Disabilities that are not easily noticed are often called hidden disabilities.
- Many people with these kinds of disabilities will look and act as if they did not have a disability, but may still need accommodations. People who are elderly may also not consider themselves to have a disability, but may need additional accommodations to receive appropriate services.
- In general, it’s best to assume that everyone who comes through your doors may need some sort of accommodation. Asking, “Is there anything that we can do to assist you?” or “is there anything I can do to accommodate you?” will trigger a response from someone who may need assistance. Don’t be afraid to make suggestions.
In Our Own Words
“The Spoon Theory.” is a personal essay that outlines some of the difficulties a person with an invisible disability might have, and some of the difficulties that people with pain or stamina problems might face.