Invisible Disabilities Association
Invisible Disabilities Association is a nonprofit organization focused on diseases, disorders, and medical disciplines. It is based in Parker, CO. It received its nonprofit status in 2006.
IDA is creating the National Disability ID designator for voluntary disclosure of disabilities on State Government issued Driver’s Licenses and State ID’s.
Mission & Vision
The Invisible Disabilities® Association (IDA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. IDA is about believing. We believe you! The frequently invisible nature of illness and pain may lead to disbelief about that illness or pain by those surrounding the person who lives daily with invisible disabilities. This disbelief can lead to misunderstandings, rejection by friends, family and health care providers. It may also lead to accusations of laziness or faking an illness. We are passionate about providing awareness that invisible illness, pain and disabilities are very real! 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®.
Honor Awards – Every year since 2008, we have had the opportunity to honor organizations, businesses and individuals who are making a positive difference in the lives of people living daily with invisible disabilities. Some of the awards are given to individuals who persevere year after year through illness and pain. Others inspire us in the midst of their struggles and triumphs by sharing their invisible disability journey to lift up and encourage. Some are invisible heroes who focus their energy and lives on the support of veterans and first responders which are recognized through our Invisible Heroes® Campaign.
Invisible Disabilities® Week – The third week in October is a time to share your journey with invisible disabilities. In 2015, three US Governors joined together in proclaiming invisible disabilities week. Each day during IDW offers an opportunity to share your invisible disability story, tell a friend, wear blue or an Invisible No More® wristband and let people know who and what you are thankful for. All of the IDW events are online and available around the world.
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