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Are you living with an invisible disability?

If you're between 16 and 25, and living in Ireland, we'd love to hear from you


Written by SpunOut | View this authors Twitter page and posted in opinion


This is an opinion of a young person and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of SpunOut.ie. It is one person's experience and may be different for you. If you'd like to write something for SpunOut.ie please contact editor@spunout.ie.


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Many young people in Ireland have invisible, or hidden disabilities that are not immediately clear to others. These can include chronic pain, brain injuries, learning difficulties, mental health difficulties, as well as hearing and vision impairments.

Young people with invisible disabilities can face different challenges in life so it’s important to raise awareness about the different types of invisible disabilities, and support young people living with invisible disabilities.

We want young people across Ireland to share their story about living with an invisible disability, or supporting a friend or family member with an invisible disability. By sharing your story, you can help other young people feel more supported, empowered and less alone.

To share your story, get in touch with Heather (heather@spunout.ie)

Share your story

You’re welcome to share your story in any way you want. If you’re not sure how to get started, here are some ideas of things you can focus on

  • What has your experience of living with an invisible disability been like?
  • What do you think of the supports available for people with invisible disabilities?
  • Do you think there is enough understanding of invisible disabilities in Ireland?
  • What has helped you the most with your invisible disability?
  • What would you like others to know about living with an invisible disability?
  • Do you think there are any misconceptions about invisible disabilities?

We believe that young people across Ireland can help support each other by sharing stories, lived experiences, advice and opinions. If you’re between 16 and 25 years old and living in Ireland, we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in writing an article or making a video.

To share your story, get in touch with Heather (heather@spunout.ie)

Do I need writing experience?

You do not need any writing experience. We’ll help you out every step of the way giving you feedback and suggestions for your piece. Your piece will be posted on SpunOut.ie and our social media so that thousands of young people across Ireland will feel more supported and encouraged to seek help.

To share your story, get in touch with Heather (heather@spunout.ie)

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Published August 14th2020
Last updated Sep­tem­ber 18th2020
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