Here we go again, it’s Invisible Disabilities Week in the US, however, in the UK “I” newspaper yesterday Julia Buckley writes about her invisible disability and being verbally abused by train staff because she doesn’t look ill.
“One of the last times I got the train home to Cornwall, I was bullied by one of the platform staff at my destination, who then gleefully dared me to report her. I wouldn’t, she implied, because I was gaming the system. My crime? I’d booked assistance to help lift my small case and shopping bag – and I didn’t look ill.”
But You LOOK Good! is a book that gives those living with chronic illness and pain a voice. It expresses how they feel, what they need and how others can be an encouragement to them. Read an excerpt here
On Twitter the hashtag #InvisibleDisabilitiesWeek showcases people comments and experiences this week, there are also tweets from @InvDisabilities, and it’s also worth taking a look at the Invisible Disabilities Project
Even in the UK Parliament, this article from 2015 shows that MPs with invisible disabilities can be abused.
People of all ages face stigma and abuse because of their invisible disabilities even the young.
People with genuine invisible disabilities do not game the system, they will be abused by being unable to access things that should be available to them because they have an invisible disability.
When they do access things, they can be taken away because they begin to live with their invisible disability even though they are things that enable them.
Do we have to have a tattoo on our foreheads to stop the abuse?