Not every disability is visible – theme of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The theme for this year on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is, ‘not every disability is visible’. Among the invisible disabilities one finds ADHD, autism, fibromyalgia, neurological problems and even arthritis.

Interviewed during the 8pm news last night, the President of the Maltese Association for Arthritis and Rheumatism, Mary Vella said that the need was felt to create more awareness about invisible disabilities. She said that, for example, arthritis cannot be seen but it is there. She explained that arthritis is a word which includes 200 types of conditions which have similar symptoms where the joints and bones are attacked. She said that there are those who suffer from a hidden disability and are afraid to speak out because they are afraid to lose their job.

You can watch the full interview here: