INVISIBLE DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION

Rating: 4.89 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health

Location: P.O. Box 4067 Parker CO 80134 USA

Mission: Our mission is to encourage, educate and connect people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Envision with us a world where people living with illness, pain and disability will be Invisible No More!

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

Reading, getting advice, and the feeling of not being alone are three of my top reasons IDA has been a part of my life for over a year now. I am chronically ill and to look at me you would not know, except I am very thin and walk around holding my abdomen. I have gained strength and courage from other members of IDA and simply reading some of the stories. Knowing that there are others that understand bring comfort. It is important to me to have this organization, not for any contribution in a monetary sense but more for "moral" support.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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CRPS is something that more people should know about and chronicpaincrps.com gives so much information . The syndrome is debilitating and affects not just the sufferer but also those around them as they want to do so much more for them . The web site is brilliant in the amount of information and insight into the world of the sufferer. I hope that through reaching out to other sufferers some good will come of it

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I have a neurological spinal disease called Arachnoiditis.
100s of people have told me that I don't look like I'm in pain. While I appreciate the compliments, that doesn't take away the fact that most days I spend 60-80% of the day in bed bc of the excruciating pain.
We need more awareness of Invisible Diseases!!
Thanks for spreading the word & helping others!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I live with several health conditions that have resulted in disability - none of them are visible. I live with people asking me why I must use the handicap parking spaces, when I obviously can walk. People have stopped me as I'm getting into a scooter at the store to ask me why I need to use it. Though I can spread the word that not all disabilities are visible, I can't reach more than a few hundred people through social media. The IDA reaches millions with its simple message that not all disabilities are visible. They provide links and references for people living with invisible disabilities, for caregivers, for medical professionals, and for everyone else.

I highly recommend that this message needs to be incorporated at the earliest level of our children's education. I am proud to be a supporter of the IDA.

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The IDA has provided me with numerous links and references for groups and literature that have helped in many ways, from finding services I need to locating medical services.

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I have an invisible illness and thanks to IDA, more and more people are starting to understand what it's like to have to go through it. More doctors are starting to be more sympathetic and understanding but most importantly willing to treat us. So thank you.

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I follow this organization on Facebook because they provide needed information, support and a forum for people like me. I am able to tell others about my invisible disabilities and struggles, while also learning more about others like myself. We are able to give each other hope and helpful advice but most importantly to know that others care. It's heart wrenching to see how many people suffer from diseases that most people (including doctors) don't care about. Our suffering is real and debilitating and we want the world to know!

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Having struggled to get support for my hidden disabilities for many years and having had to face the oppression and humiliation by institutions and individuals at the same time. I can know breath easier knowing others understand and I am not alone.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I look normal, but I have constant chronic Pain! I have been misdiagnosed labeled, and denied Medical Help. I was denied a simple accommodation so I could keep my job. I am tired of it! I found this page to be very helpful and inspiring. There are so many ignorant people out there. I have Back issues and can barely walk sometimes, yet I try to smile and act normal. I have ben denigrated, called names, repeatedly misdiagnosed, even told that my ruptured disc was a mental problem! Some of this by Doctors and Voc rehab counselors and even Social Workers! My Family even makes ignorant comments! I have pounds of MRIs and documentation, but it is meaningless. I had to fire my last PCP for not returning Phone calls and treating me like and idiot! The Misdiagnosis is still on my record, though the Doctor who Misdiagnosed me was busted for a coke problem. I have been lied about in court! By an Adult Protective services worker, who chose to look at my old misdiagnosis, illegally HIPPA would not follow up! ! It goes on and on! I have no rights! sometimes when they find out I am on SS Disability they assume I am slow, though I am mentally sharper than they are! I ask them if I should talk slower so they can understand! having this page makes me feel less alone! I have nerve damage now in my Arm, because my Doctors chose to ignore the physical symptoms and deny me an MRI! I was nearly paralyzed! I should not be walking due to the nerve damage but I ma through sheer force of will! If I did not dress and do yoga and laid on the couch maybe they would believe me. I am one of my Pain docs only patients that cracks jokes, it helps with the pain! We have no rights!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More activism! We have no rights! we have no recourse when we get misdiagnosed or labeled with a Mental problem as we get worse!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Okay

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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