Who to tell and when and how? Especially for students with invisible conditions, the question seems constant.

A study of college students found the following (source: Identity, support and disclosure: Issues facing university students with invisible disabilities by Rebecca Claire Cory, Syracuse University):

  1. The desire to pass or hide the disability is a common and logical desire, stemming from past experiences.
  2. Students will work to keep disability information a secret to the greatest extent possible.
  3. Students with invisible disabilities do not necessarily perceive themselves as disabled. Categorizing them together as a group is not logical to the students.
  4. Students use natural supports more readily than they do the formal supports available to them.

Sometimes you may need to tell others, such as when you need academic Accommodations, or when ...