Disabilities that aren’t immediately recognizable by others are called “invisible illnesses” or “hidden disabilities.” They are ongoing conditions such as ulcerative colitis, depression, and dyslexia. They are shockingly common, and not only do they place substantial limitations on what a person can do, but they also often come with cruel stigma, inducing what Christina calls “illness shaming.”
Hidden disabilities are conditions that include cognitive difficulties, mental health disorders, learning differences, physical pain, fatigue, or other physical conditions that are not apparent to the onlooker but significantly impact one’s daily activities.
In her presentations, disability speaker Christina Irene rips the shroud around invisible disabilities wide open through education and story. She mixes her sharp humor with bold facts in revealing her own struggles and successes and sharing touching anecdotes about her friends with physical and mental health disabilities.
Her interactive presentations are engrossing, eye-opening, and (surprisingly) fun experiences that inspire sensitivity, companionship, and a huge jolt of hope for anyone impacted by a hidden disability.
Students participate in a game during Christina Irene’s keynote at new student orientation.
Program 1: Introduction to Invisible Disabilities
duration: 60 or 90 MINUTES
Christina’s flagship program is designed for an audience of people with and without disabilities. The program combines topic education with actionable techniques and includes a hilarious game show and an inspiring message.
Program 1 Learning Outcomes:
Define invisible disabilities and cite examples
Intimately understand the lives and successes of people living with disabilities
Understand the“non-symptom”struggles of disabilities, e.g. medical coverage, medications
Identify and counteract the 3 common stigmasaffecting people with invisible disabilities
Master“people first” language
Learn 6 actionable ways to be a better ally
Discover 5 coping skills universal to disabilities and common difficulties
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Program 2: Communicating About Invisible Disabilities
duration: 1 hour
Christina’s second program is an ideal follow-up for audiences who have already attended her Introduction to Invisible Disabilities Awareness. It can likewise work well for first-time audiences or combined with the Introduction program for a longer event. This program focuses on how to communicate about hidden disabilities and mental health conditions and again, it’s appropriate for people with or without disabilities and is presented in Christina’s signature “light approach to a heavy topic.”