Invisible Disabilities Association Review

Invisible Disabilities Association Review
Recently Deborah from Coupon Chief, an organization that helps people find discounts via coupons, sent me a short letter asking me to tell people about their booklet called "Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities." I found the guide interesting and filled with useful information, a lot of which could apply to readers with Attention Deficit Disorder. I have included a link to the guide at the end of this article in the "Resources" section. However, it was the information that the booklet included about the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) that really hit home.

Attention Deficit Disorder, which I like to call Attention Deficit Differences, is an invisible disability. Because it does not leave a physical mark, like a missing limb, deafness, or blindness, there are many people who discount its existence. Kids, who are struggling in school, are told to "try harder," when they are unable to maintain focus and complete academic tasks. Adults are judged at their jobs as they struggle to organize their work day. Since there is no visible mark when you have Attention Deficit Disorder, often folks do not understand how debilitating the negative symptoms of ADD can be. However, the people who run the website for the Invisible Disabilities Association comprehend the pain that can be a part of ADD/ADHD.

The Invisible Disabilities Association exists to educate and encourage people with invisible disabilities. They are an inclusive organization that has a comprehensive definition of invisible disabilities on their website. It reads:
" The term invisible disabilities refers to symptoms such as debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences and mental health disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments. These are not always obvious to the onlooker, but can sometimes or always limit daily activities, range from mild challenges to severe limitations and vary from person to person." Attention Deficit Disorder certainly fits within that definition.

One of the resources that this website offers is an online support community. You need to register to join, but you can do that through Facebook, Google, or using your email address and a password. This support community has many different groups, so they ask you to check which groups you might want to join. ADD and ADHD are first on the list! It makes joining easy. I used an email address, so I had an email message sent to me to confirm that I really wanted to join. One thing that they asked for was my zip code. The site let me know how many people in the ADD/ADHD support group live within 100 miles of me. I'm looking forward to exploring this support group! One thing that I found interesting is that about 75% of the members are women, when males are usually diagnosed at a much higher rate than females.

The website has much more to offer, in addition to support groups. There is a very nice section explaining invisible disabilities with language and examples that most people can relate to. A topic, Living with ID's, also has information that is divided into several sub-sections. These sub-sections have helpful information and access to booklets and pamphlets. There is even a short humorous video about living with invisible disabilities. Other sections include Programs, Events, Awareness, and Get Involved. There is an About section to take you through the structure and management of the organization.

Knowledge is power, and that is the truth. The more information that you have that can help you manage the negative symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, the better off you will be. When you are able to communicate your challenges and needs to those around you, and to help them understand and become aware that you are really trying, you are a lot more likely to reach your goals.


These resources are being provided for educational and informational purposes. Whenever you use goods and services, it is important that you do your own research into any and all claims that organizations make. Use care when connecting to people in online communities.

Coupon Chief's Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities

Invisible Disabilities Website

Online support for many disabilities

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