Shining a Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities

Shining a Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities
You may already be aware that this week is Invisible Disabilities Week. The campaign by the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) began in 2014, and in 2019 it runs from Oct. 13 to 19. The IDA defines an invisible disability as “a physical, mental or neurological condition that is not visible from the outside, yet can limit or challenge a person’s movements, senses, or activities.” If that doesn’t describe fibromyalgia, I don’t know what does. If you’re unfamiliar with the IDA, you might want to visit the organization's website to learn about its programs. Two features of particular interest to me are the Cleaner Indoor Air campaign and Programs 4 People. The IDA’s campaign for cleaner indoor air targets medical facilities, businesses, and churches. An excellent article, "Choose Friendships Over Fragrances," describes how perfumes, laundry, and household detergents are laden with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and how many people report adverse health effects from exposure to everyday consumer products. As someone who suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity, I'm invested in this campaign. I have recently adopted a policy of short visits to my family, who don't realize how badly I’m affected by the perfumed
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