Thursday, August 23, 2012
Invisible disabilities cause their own set of problems. A student named Michelle who was once a member of the Connect-Ability editorial board (then called the Disabilities Awareness Newsletter) wrote that the "hardest part" of having a disability (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, in her case) is the "suspicion" and lack of understanding from people in the community." She was continually accused of "faking it" or being a hypochondriac. She was frustrated by her peers who thought she wanted to be sick so she could skip school. She only wanted people to be more considerate to those who are different from themselves. She wrote, "even though something can't be seen, it doesn't mean it isn't there." And she advised people to "look" a little harder.