"Hidden Impairments: Any condition that impacts daily life, but is not visually apparent."
Hidden Impairments can also be called: Hidden Disabilities; (Neuro) Developmental Disorders; Non-Visible Impairments; Specific Learning Difficulties/Differences; Learning Difficulties/Learning Differences
Hidden Impairments is the term WHISH uses to cover a broad range of syndromes, conditions, and disorders such as:
- Visual Impairments
- Hearing Impairments
- Brain injuries
- Chron’s Disease
- Chronic pain
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Bipolar Disorder
- Learning difficulties
- language processing disorder
This list is not exhaustive; there are many different impairments that affect families. What unites all these impairments is their significant impact on day-to-day life. These impairments may be physical, emotional, sensory or psychological. Many will have multiple hidden impairments, and a lot of hidden impairments have a high crossover with each other.
Many also find that their difficulties are not acknowledged by teachers, family, friends and strangers. Some people don't know about hidden impairments at all, or have a stereotyped view of what their impairment means. This means it can be hard to get the help, support, and adjustments that are needed.
WHISH help to fill this gap by providing information about hidden impairments, and by ensuring that our activities are run by people who are informed about specific needs. Find out how WHISH help people with Hidden Impairments here