Hidden / Invisible Disabilities

Students with Disabilities in Your Class

Students with hidden/invisible disabilities such as learning disabilities (LD), emotional and psychiatric disabilities, ADD/ADHD and those suffering from chronic pain are among the fastest growing category of students with documented disabilities attending postsecondary institutions.

Invisible disabilities are not immediately apparent. It is typically more difficult for faculty and staff to understand and accept requests for accommodations for students with invisible disabilities.

We all intuitively understand that a student using a wheelchair needs a ramp to have access to a building. This ramp is considered a reasonable accommodation.

It is the same principle of equal access that fuels a demand for accommodations for students with invisible disabilities.

Nontraditional Students

Another population is nontraditional students with disabilities. This includes: