Not Every Disability Is Visible; I Have To 'Come Out' About Mine Daily
It is easier to understand something if it is visible. This is true for almost everything, but all the more so when it comes to disability. Through the hard work of activists, mental health is now more widely discussed, and serious reforms to provision are now on the agenda (the 2017 Conservative manifesto promised to give parity of esteem to mental health treatment in the NHS, for example). But there is a whole spectrum of other disabilities that aren’t perceptible to the eye, and remain unaddressed – for me, it’s a visual impairment. I often feel I have to “come out” to people as being visually impaired. People ask how I can still cycle around, do sport, or read off a screen. I don’t “look” like I’m blind.
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