Invisible Disabilities

Invisible disabilities—such as learning disabilities, attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, psychiatric impairments, Tourette's syndrome, seizure conditions—are not easily noticed. And, often individuals with these conditions do not disclose them. Therefore, in educational and work environments, it is good for practitioners to keep in mind that some people with whom they interact may have these conditions so that they can create school and employment situations that are welcoming and accessible to individuals from these populations.


DO-IT has created a collection of publications and videos that can increase awareness regarding invisible disabilities, accommodations, and universal design. They often link to other resources as well. Reviewing the following products is a good place to start.

Universal design

Universal design strategies can make education and employment more welcoming and accessible to everyone, including those with invisible disabilities. Here are a few DO-IT publications that provide an introduction to universal design.