I mean, once we understand the disability, is it really hidden?
I could probably pick out a child on the spectrum because I know……I understand.
To the public yes it is hidden. Not the disability. The diagnosis. The understanding of the diagnosis.
Not so much hidden, but misunderstood.
My girl doesn’t scream “I have Autism”, at her school friends, but they know she is different.
I use the term friends loosely as her disability is hidden, the children don’t understand her. They don’t know. They don’t want to be her friend.
In that respect it is hidden.
Mid meltdown it is not a hidden disability, it is screaming (literally!) that there is a difference present as at age 11 tantrums are not the norm,
but it IS hidden to those who choose to believe it is my bad parenting, or my girl is a ‘spoilt brat’.
Is it hidden?
When my girl is in her wheelchair people treat her as disabled, when she is walking sensibly then it is hidden. She becomes ‘normal’.
Are her physical disabilities a hidden disability?
Sometimes they are, on a good day you wouldn’t realise.
Neurological, physical……..hidden disabilities.
Can any disability be a hidden disability?
Can disability be ignored, become normal……..become a part of ‘normal’?
Are they called ‘hidden disabilities’ because people refuse to believe they are there, or because people can’t see a difference?
In a world where no two people are the same, how can a difference mean you have a disability?
A complicated thought. A complex process.