The flawed concept of visible and non-visible disabilities

Christiane Link
3 min readMay 22, 2023

I’ve been a bit under the weather in the past few weeks. I got a new asthma inhaler after my asthma started acting up. Two days after starting the new inhaler, I got a cough, which has kept me exhausted since but seems to be improving now (fingers crossed!).

So the impairment that most impacted my life in the past few weeks was not my spinal cord injury but my asthma. And that’s not so unusual that I say that about my other conditions too, which are often classified as “non-visible”. I think the “concept of visible and non-visible…

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Christiane Link

Passionate about accessibility in rail, transport and aviation. German Londoner with two passports, wheelchair-using geek.