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Invisible Disabilities
Carrie Barrepski

Recently, I read a news article about a woman who parked in a handicapped spot at a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania. After returning to her car, she found a scratches on her hood and a defamatory note that said, “You are not disabled.” But in reality, the woman struggles with Parkinson’s disease.
The story was shared on Facebook, with both positive and negative comments. The post was shared over 7,000 times, with people’s kindness and own stories shining through. The police are treating this as an act of vandalism and are currently investigating.
This reminds me of the famous saying not to judge a book by its cover, meaning that people often make an assumption without getting all of the facts. Invisible disabilities are conditions that are not immediately apparent. Some examples are people with visual and hearing loss who wear contacts or small hearing aids. Invisible disabilities are also chronic illnesses and conditions that can affect daily living. 96% of people with chronic medical conditions do not any visible of their illness or condition.
Unfortunately, many people see individuals with invisible disabilities as lazy and weak. Just like having any other disability, there is a lack of understanding and discrimination. Just like any other disability, they may also suffer from low self-esteem, loneliness and depression.
Invisible disabilities affect 10% of people with medical conditions and are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Everyone has his or her own story and struggles that should be respected by everyone.

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