According to the CDC, 61 million adults in the US live with a disability, and at least 10% of those are invisible or non-apparent—including chronic illnesses like depression and general anxiety disorder, and neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD and autism. Andrew Solomon, a professor of medical clinical psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, says that “invisible disabilities can be easier in some ways than physically evident ones, but they can [also] be more difficult. They have the advantages and disadvantages of secrecy.” For many people who have wrestled with disabilities during the pandemic in particular, these elements of secrecy and invisibility have resulted at times in feelings of intense isolation.
As part of the Day of Disability & Neurodiversity, this virtual event will feature a roundtable discussion where two important topics will be explored: living with nonapparent disabilities, and neurodivergence and neurodiversity.
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This event is part of the IntersectX12 initiative. IntersectX12 is a reminder that we must strive to honor individuals’ intersecting identities not only during nationally recognized months, so we encourage you to honor, celebrate, and engage with our communities every day, 12 months a year. As members of underrepresented groups have made and continue to make countless contributions to our campus community, IntersectX12 serves as a year-round acknowledgment of the work being done to create an inclusive space where everyone feels they belong.
This event is part of the Day of Disability & Neurodiversity: December 1, 2022.
The Day of Disability & Neurodiversity recognizes the year-round importance of promoting understanding and inclusivity on campus and facilitating discussions on ways to improve access for all.