BRINGING DISABILITIES THAT ARE OUT OF SIGHT INTO MIND
WHO ARE WE?
What is an invisible illness?
The World Health Organisation's 2011 World Report on Disability states that 'Health conditions can be visible or invisible; temporary or long term; static, episodic, or degenerating; painful or inconsequential.'
The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as a 'physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.' However, unsurprisingly, the symptoms of an 'invisible disability' are not always easy for bystanders to identify. For example, someone with an invisible illness may have a mobility issue
but does not require a walking stick or wheelchair. This can lead to misunderstandings, assumptions and prejudice.
What does BVisible do?
BVisible exists to challenge these misconceptions. We do this by holding workshops in Schools, Universities, Workplaces and more. If you're interested in having us deliver a talk at your place of work or school, get in touch with us.
We also work to support people with Invisible Illnesses, by signposting to resources; such as telephone helplines for specific conditions, running support groups, and working with wider charities to ensure that no one is left alone in their journey with a hidden disability.
Additionally, we are working with Governmental Policy Advisers, MPs, Senior Academics and large organisations to improve UK Policy that impacts those with disabilities - for example PIP and the EHCP, to name a few.
For more information about what we do, check out "Our Mission".
'Disability need not be an obstacle to success.
We have a moral duty to remove the barriers to participation, and to invest sufficient funding and expertise to unlock the vast potential of people with disabilities.'