Month: April 2021

How to support those with hidden disabilities

As we celebrate Autism Awareness this month, we believe it’s important to share how we can all support those living with an invisible disability.

At Thistley Hough Academy we make sure that all of our students have strong community values while showing care, compassion and respect towards others.

When you consider that there are many people within our community that may struggle from disabilities, we need to make sure that we are supporting those that need it.

However, it may not always be obvious that a person is disabled as they don’t show visible signs. Some hidden disabilities include:

Autism – Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – A serious, long-term illness that affects many body systems, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome causes severe fatigue and sleep difficulties alongside problems with thinking and concentrating, pain, and dizziness.

Crohn’s disease – Crohn’s Disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system causing irritation, swelling and pain in someone’s gut.

Epilepsy – Epilepsy is a chronic noncommunicable disease of the brain that affects around 50 million people worldwide and is usually characterised as a seizure disorder.

If someone has a hidden disability they may need extra support or special treatments or medications, this doesn’t mean that they can’t do things the same as others though.

For example, there are currently 700,000 adults and children in the UK with Autism and you’ll find that most are in full time education and employment, living their life alongside everyone else.

So, how can you support someone with a hidden disability?

Those with unseen disabilities may need extra support or care when it comes to situations such as busy environments, what they eat and how certain tasks need to be completed.

Open conversations should be encouraged to help educate others on hidden disabilities so that we can create a more understanding and supportive environment for everybody.

If you’d like to learn more about hidden disabilities and what you can do to support those with them, take a look at