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Community and Internet Resources


Community: Support Groups and Disability Specific Organizations

Invisible Disabilities



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Invisible Disabilities Association is an organization to help friends and family develop a better understanding of disabling illness and injury that may not seem obvious. IDA provides helpful links to sites and organizations of several diseases, disorders and conditions, as well as a support board. They also offer informative articles and a 48-page booklet, "But You LOOK Good" that can be handed out to friends, family, church members, support groups and even fellow employees, in order to help them to understand the challenges and difficulties of living with a disease or injury that can be debilitating.

New Sign The Society for Invisible Disabilities mission is to improve the lives of those affected by invisible illnesses and disabilities by increasing community awareness, providing financial assistance, creating social support systems and locating additional resources. Invisible disabilities include a spectrum of chronic illnesses and conditions that significantly impair normal activities of daily living. They are not immediately apparent, but symptoms such as extreme fatigue, pain, and cognitive impairment are often debilitating.

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Country Listings


Canada

Invisible Disabilities Association of Canada works to assist those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Environmental sensitivities, their families and the medical and legal professions by providing information, encouraging research, promoting public awareness and providing support services. Their website features many helpful resources. To learn more, visit their website or e-mail idacan@ns.sympatico.ca.

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