In cartoons, the "balloon" above the characters tell us what they are really thinking.
I know the words in their "balloon" include; "I thought you were fine" or "I never knew she had this terrible problem" or "Oh, no, epilepsy, I do not want to talk to you about it." Most people with hidden disabilities do not discuss their disabilities in the workplace or with friends, due to the stigma attached.
Those with joint problems or chronic pain may not use mobility aids on some days, or at all.
Although the disability creates a challenge for the person who has it, the reality of the disability can be difficult for others to recognize or acknowledge.
I know many people with epilepsy, depression, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis who do not disclose their disability to anyone at work, due to fear of discrimination; they also do not tell any of their friends.
Image of Joyce Bender I have a great way to quiet a room - start talking about my epilepsy to a group of strangers.
In the United States today, approximately 3 million Americans are people with epilepsy and many people do not disclose it.
The reason they do not disclose is their fear of being treated differently.
The definition does not set forth a list of specific diseases and conditions that constitute physical or mental impairments because of the difficulty of ensuring the comprehensiveness of any such list.
The key factor in determining whether a person is considered an "individual with handicaps" covered by Section 504 is whether the physical or mental impairment results in a substantial limitation of one or more major life activities.
The process of negotiating for reasonable accommodations is one of give and take.