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How odd that it took someone to create a title for us to recognise conditions that have always existed. I’m talking about Invisible Disabilities. Fibromyalgia, Sight impairment and Crohn’s Disease, just a few identified as invisible. So get whatever is troubling you checked out, but what then?

The Equalities Act 2010 defines disability as a physical or mental health condition that has substantial long tern negative effects on daily activities. What this means is that your employer must make adjustments to help you in the workplace in much the same way as they would for someone who is physically disabled.

Here’s how it works for Nadia:

“The day a migraine starts I can always tell one is coming on and usually I can work through it but, I do find it difficult to concentrate.

Once its ‘full blown’ I pretty much can only sleep. I’m in bed for days and can’t eat or drink. Often, I’m sick. This happens every 2 months or so but, it’s so debilitating and takes almost a week for me to recover from its effect.

The day after a migraine I can still feel a dull ache. I am prone to fainting so I have a reasonable adjustment at work so I can take an additional day or partial day off. I’ll feel foggy and out of it still”.

Many of us keep our conditions to ourselves but if it’s going to make the working day easier and less stressful then follow Nadia’s lead.

What Nadia’s done is made the invisible visible by informing their employer and explaining how the condition takes hold and minimises their ability to work at certain times.

Article by Avgi Yiannaki


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