People With Hidden Disabilities
NOT ALL DISABILITIES ARE APPARENT. A person may make a request or act in a way that seems strange to you. That request or behavior may be disability-related.
For example, you may give seemingly simple verbal directions to someone, but the person asks you to write the information down.
He or she may have a disability that makes written communication easier for him or her.
Or a person may ask to sit, rather than stand, in line. This person may be fatigued from a condition such as cancer, or may be feeling the effects of medication.
Even though these disabilities are hidden, they are real. Please respect the person’s needs and requests whenever possible.