The real “unseen” part of a disability is the resilience, grit, problem-solving and courage, so what most people don’t realise is that I’m always working harder. I’ll give you an example. After an 8-hour Salesforce Certification
class day I’ve had to find my cursor a few thousand times, locate countless fields that are “somewhere” on the screen and switch between notes, exercises and many other things over and over, re-orienting visually with each switch. Of course, I did all of that while listening to the instructor, absorbing hours of new material and asking key questions. I also then study after class, switching between glasses with four different levels of magnification. But that’s just one day, I do that every day, with a very narrow visual field (imagine looking through a drinking straw) and a huge amount of distortion in what I can see. This example is played out across “invisible” disabilities all over the world.
That’s why I think the theme, and International Day of People with Disabilities overall, is so important. It’s our chance to understand more about someone else’s experiences of work and life, and see the invisible disability and the hard work it took for that person to succeed.