Are You a Self-Diagnosed or Situationally Disabled Qiwid?
- Are you uncomfortable at work?
- Do you feel like you never really fit in?
- Do you feel like you are never good enough to do your job?
- Do you lack a clear career direction and feel lost?
Has a family member, friend, or co-worker ever mentioned that you may have autism, ADHD, dyslexia, or some other type of invisible disability? Have you ever wondered if you were a Qualified Individual with an Invisible Disability; a Qiwid? Not you, right? You’re not disabled. You have many strengths and abilities. We agree!
Some career seekers were diagnosed with autism or other types of neurodiversity in their youth. However, there are many reasons why a child may never have been diagnosed. These can include their sex, race, gender identification, family situation, economic status, or simply because there was no diagnosis available when they were growing up.
If you think you might be neurodivergent or have an invisible disability, our Comfort Career Options Audit™, and Individuality Audit™. can help you learn about yourself and provide a plan to reach your full potential in a career you will love.
Not sure if you’re a Qiwid, a Qualified Individual with an Invisible Disability? Many people are. Use this information about the different types of invisible disabilities to help you decide.
There are four main types of developmental disorders. Many different subsets of disabilities nest under these four main groups; nervous system disabilities, sensory-related disabilities, metabolic disabilities, and degenerative disorders.
Examples of developmental disabilities include autism, ADHD, brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, intellectual disability, and spina bifida.
Judy Singer, a sociologist who has autism, started using the term “neurodiversity” in the late 1990s. It refers to the concept that certain developmental disorders are normal variations in the brain. There are diagnostic labels used to explain the diverse ways of thinking, learning, processing, and behaving. And people who have these features also have certain strengths.
Examples of Neurodivergent conditions include Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, OCD, and Tourette’s syndrome.
Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.
Examples of chronic disabilities are heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, pulmonary conditions, asthma, epilepsy, and mental illness.
Situational Disability or Episodic Impairment
An episodic impairment is any disorder characterized by the appearance of symptoms in discrete, often brief, periods or episodes.
Examples of episodic impairments would be depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other trauma and stressor-related disorders. These could be caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, pregnancy, work-related challenges, financial difficulties, family situations, gun violence, or civil unrest.
If you are still wondering if you might be neurodivergent or have an invisible disability, contact Rich and schedule your free Comfort Career Conversation!