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Hidden Disabilities are REAL for those who live with them on a daily basis.  People with Hidden Disabilities have conditions such as Chronic Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Cancer, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Lung Disease, Kidney Failure, Hemophilia, Hypertension, early stages of AIDS, Heart Disease,  Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, etc.   While their numbers are far greater than those of any one Disability group, people with Hidden Disabilities often do not feel like they belong within the Disability community because they are not considered to be “disabled enough” to fit into the group.   People with Hidden Disabilities are caught between   not being fully accepted as people without Disabilities and not being recognized as having “real” Disabilities.


Partial listing of Famous People with Hidden Disabilities Include:

  • Thomas Edison - Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Abraham Lincoln - Psychological Impairment
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Tourettet's Syndrome
  • Hans Christian Anderson - Learning Disability
  • Albert Einstein - Learning Disability
  • Nelson Rockefeller - Learning Disability
  • Alexander the Great - Epilepsy
  • Harriet Tubman - Traumatic Brain Injury
  • James Earl Jones - Speech Impairment
  • Jerry Lewis - Chronic Pain
  • Montel Williams - Multiple Sclerosis
  • Casey Martin - Kippel-Trenaunay Webber Syndrome
  • Patty Duke - Manic-Depressive Disorder
  • Amy Eckland - Deaf

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The lawmakers of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) included people with Hidden Disabilities under the protection of the law.   The law’s broad definition of Disability includes people with histories of impairment and those who are perceived as having a Disability.   Further, ADA regulations encourage people with Hidden Disabilities to disclose their Hidden Disabilities and seek the full protection of the law.