Hidden disabilities are disabilities that are not immediately apparent, yet still hinder a person’s full and equal participation in society. Because hidden disabilities are not readily obvious to others, there is a need for awareness, self-advocacy, and representation of the Hidden Disability Community (HDC). The HDC is marginalized and often misunderstood, due to the common but incorrect belief that, because these disabilities are not visible or audible, they are not real.
As a symbol of Canada’s commitment to our Hidden Disability Community, a national Hidden Disability Symbol will act as both a self-advocacy tool and a social, cultural, and systemic transformation tool.
Join us for a discussion about hidden disabilities, the movement for a nationally recognized symbol for HD, and how this will make Canada more accessible and inclusive for all Canadians.
We look forward to seeing you!