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understanding invisble disabilities

What is Friendly Aware Bury about?


Friendly Aware Bury(F.A.B) is a scheme that has been designed to assist vulnerable people when they are out and about in Bury town.Occasionally when vulnerable people are out, things can go wrong for them;they may get lost, confused, stressed, and anxious or might be experiencing another difficulty. If a person does need help, they may not know who to ask for help or who they can trust. They may feel scared and alone. F.A.B is a scheme to promote the understanding of invisble disabilities and helps vulnerable people.


What is an invisble Disability?


invisible Disabilities are hidden neurological conditions that present significant challenges to, learning, interacting with others, regulating mood and thinking patterns that could potentially affect the person's experience of a fulfilling lifestyle.


Types of Invisble Disabilities?

-learning disabilities               -Attention Deficit (hyperactivity) Disorder  

-Mental Health Illness            -Autism

-Asperger's Syndrome           -Mild Brian Injuries

-Epilepsy                                   -Tourette's Syndrome

-Alzheimer's                             -Dementia

-HIV/AIDS                                 -Diabetes

-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  -Cystic Fibrosis

What Do invisble Disabilities have in common?


-One is unable to see the disability.

-There are no visble supports to indicate a disability such as canes, wheelchairs use or sign language used.

-It is a permanant disability that they cope with on a daily basis.

-The disability may be managed through medication or behaviour such as in the case of diabetes, asthma, epilepsy or psychiatric disorders

-It needs to be a documented disability in order to receive reasonable accomadations.

-The person is in some kind of physical or emotional pain.

Challenges for a person with an invisble disability?

-They may not know they have a diability or regard themselves as much.

-They may not have been diagnosed.

-They may not know what they need.

-They may know what they need, but are unable to articulate it.

-They may often feel misunderstood or may feel ignored or feel invalidated.

-They may suspect something is wrong, but not know what it is or how tofix it.

What can you do to help?


Could you have staff trained within your company to regonise and assit a person with an invisible disability.


-Please understand that when the person is frustrated, confused or agitated, they may be very frightend.

-Remain calm since your agitation will likely make a challenging sitution worse.

-Allow them to show you what they know-Their F.A.B Card.

-Ask them to repeat back any suggestions you may have.

-Be patient and non-judgemental!

-Contact their next of kin/parent/carer to provide them with support.