Announcing The White Feather Campaign by Heidi Hansen(c2016). No colored ribbon here, but wear a white feather as the symbol of advocacy and education for persons of invisible disability.
What To Do and Not Do With Persons of Invisible Disability
1. No shaming — if you have contempt for the mentally ill, find another career field.
2. No assumptions or judging – Ask questions and get more education instead.
3. No bullying — Get counseling to address your insecurities and control compulsions.
4. No gossipping — neither in the hallways, break room, nor in the chart. If you need validation that much, hand the situation over to someone who has more confidence.
5. No threatening — Walk away and get more education/ training in communication/negotiating skills. Try empathy as a skill.
6. Teamwork –Include the person of invisible disabiity in the treatment team process and practice.
7. Ask the person of Invisible disability for information about their disorder and the cures and their medicines. They probably know things that you do not.
8. Invite the person of invisible disability to contribute — how can they, their experience, and personal knowlege be a boon to others?
9. Understand clearly that the person of invisible disability is the one who gets to say who they are, not you, not the beaurocracy, not the insurance, not pop culture, not the family or friends.
10. Don’t challenge, question, discount, ignore or put down a person’s invisible disability. Persons of invisible disability can be articulate, educated, and use a wide range of other, successful skills– and still have a disabling condition. That condition doesn’t come with a wheelchair, ASL interpreter, seeing-canes, or prosthetic limbs, but is just as real and just as much covered under The Americans With Disabilities Act.�
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