Our goal is to raise awareness across the campus of the incredible number of conditions, ailments, and injuries that are not physically obvious—the Invisible Disabilities Association tells us that symptoms include “debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, learning differences and mental disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments.”
Our message is that there is support on campus for anyone living with a disability, visible or invisible. IDW offers us the opportunity to raise awareness and promote understanding.
With the expert skills of staff from Imprint, we have created five short video clips to dispel some of the myths surrounding invisible disabilities. We’ll be launching one of these each day from October 17 to 21. Plan to watch each one! Then share the link with your colleagues, your family, and your friends.
Day 1 – Monday, Oct. 17 Invisible Disabilities 101
Some disabilities may be invisible, but they are very real and very common. Monday’s clip looks at the myths, realities, challenges, and experiences of living with an invisible disability.
Day 2 – Tuesday, Oct. 18. AccessAbility Services 101
Students with invisible disabilities may qualify for academic accommodations. Tuesday’s clip describes the help and support that students can receive when registered with AccessAbility Services.
Day 3 – Wednesday, Oct. 19. Disclosure and Privacy
Your medical information is private and should be protected. Wednesday’s clip explains your rights and responsibilities as they relate to medical documentation pertaining to an invisible disability.
Day 4 – Thursday, Oct. 20. Preparing for the Unexpected
When unexpected challenges arise, there is always hope and help. Thursday’s clip explores the options available to students when life does not go according to plan.
Day 5 – Friday, Oct. 21. The Supportive Campus Community
The University of Waterloo is a community packed with resources and support. Friday’s clip discusses how the University gives students more than an education. It is a community rich with on-campus support services that are eager to help students not only get by, but thrive.
The more people who get the message about invisible disabilities, the better!
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