Invisible Disabilities

by Judy
(London, Ont)

I have 2 boys ages 9 and 11. My 9 year old has Autism and my 11 year old has ADHD and ODD.

It is extremely frustrating that people look down on them and frown at me and my parenting skills.

Because they have an invisible disability we have to jump through hoops to try and get any funding or support for them. After a child is diagnosed with any disability the parents should be informed of where to start trying to seek help.

Society gripes about the misfits and delinquents but the government is adding fuel to the fire by not offering support that parents are so desperately seeking.

It is not just about money it is about the morale support of others in the same situation. My husband and I are still trying to figure out where and what support is available to us (both financial and morale).

What the rest of society cannot understand is that parents with children who have invisible disabilities incur the same, if not more expenses than those who have the visible disabilities.

It's bad enough learning we have children but let's throw salt in the wound and make you go on a scavenger hunt that never ends to try and get help.

Thanks for letting me vent.

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