Invisible Disability

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Social Identities Invisible Disability One social identity I hold that has profoundly affected my life, and my career as a professional educator, is my invisible disability. Celiac Disease has been an invisible disability that has ruled my life for years. Since developing the autoimmune disorder, it has brought on hypothyroidism, chronic dry eyes, an irritable stomach, and other health concerns. Managing an invisible disability is extremely difficult. Those who physically see me assess my ability as capable; however, internally my body is in a chaotic state of pain and confusion. My invisible disability has caused me to see the world through a different lens, particularly in my development as a professional educator. Everyone is going through a battle that we may not be able to see; however, “American society [is often] unaware or indifferent to the plight of people with disabilities” (Davis, 2013, p. 486). Ableism is one of the most ignored areas of social justice in America. Through my own experiences, I learned that the educational system in particular is not a very knowledgeable, or flexible environment in giving accommodations for students with disabilities. Those who are able-bodied, and do not have invisible disabilities, easily fit the paradigm of an able student in society, i.e., being able to walk to every building, climb stairs to get to class, complete assignments in the allotted time, etc. Our society has socially constructed disability
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