What is a hidden disability?
A hidden disability is one that affects someone in ways others can’t see or easily identify, or means society has less obvious disabling barriers that can get in the way of them living a full life.
The Invisible Disabilities Association (US) have suggested that 74% of those with disabilities don’t use a wheelchair or anything else that might visually signal their impairment to the outside world.
1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by a neurological problem, which means it is very likely that somebody close to you has a neurological condition or problem. You might know some of the ways it affects them, but a neurological problem may often result in a disability that could be hidden or invisible to others.
With over 470 known neurological conditions, there will be those that you may have heard of such as Parkinson’s and dementia but many that you haven’t such as Chiari malformation and transverse myelitis. Many of these conditions can have a huge impact on day to day life.
Why are we celebrating Brain Awareness Week?
Every March, Brain Awareness Week unites organisations from around the world to help people learn and understand more about our brain, and the progress and benefits of research. This includes awareness of neurological problems, their impact and the support and care that some people need.
This year’s Brain Awareness Week is taking place from 16th March to 22nd March.
We are asking everyone to get involved and to help us raise awareness about hidden disabilities by sharing our messages with their family and friends.
Join us on Twitter and Facebook, where we will be talking more about how we make a difference, alongside celebrating the work of other fantastic charities and organisations who are changing lives through their research.
We will also be asking people to share with us their own personal experiences of living with a neurological problem and their tips for managing hidden disabilities.
How you can make a difference
This week we need your help to raise awareness of hidden disabilities and the 1 in 6 people in the UK who affected by a neurological problem.
You can get involved in a number of ways:
- Join us on Twitter and Facebook and share our messages with your friends, family and followers
- Tell us your story - you can email us, call us, or message us through social media. Find out how to get in touch here.
- Share a photo of yourself holding one of our Brain Awareness Week posters to help raise awareness. Get your poster here.
Your support will help make hidden disabilities more visible and change the lives of people affected by neurological problems.