Skip to content Home / News & Events / The Disability INclusion Blog / “Non-apparent disability” vs. “Hidden” or “Invisible disability” – which term is correct? Many disabilities, such as mental illnesses, learning and attention issues, some physical illnesses, neurodiversity, and many other disabilities are not apparent. Below is some suggested guidance from Disability:IN in speaking about such disabilities: “Non-apparent disability”: This is the terminology Disability:IN uses and recommends. It implies the disability is just that – non-apparent and does not imply any negative connotation. We believe disability is a strength and it does not matter what type of disability someone has. “Hidden disability”: This implies that the person with the disability is purposefully withholding this information. There is a difference between choosing to not self-disclose a disability versus actively hiding it. “Invisible disability”: For some people with disabilities, this term is offensive. It suggests the person is not visible or that you cannot discern that a person has a disability, which is not always true. The same is true for “non-visible disability”. Non-apparent disabilities may become apparent, depending on the type of disability. Related Posts Footer Additional Links and Resources