So I’ve recently been denied a service for people with disabilities. This wouldn’t be the first time, but that doesn’t make this situation any less frustrating. I’ve mentioned on my blog before that I am a person with a disability. The problem is that my disability is very unclear. I have an invisible disability, and often others can’t understand what exactly is wrong with me. My physical and intellectual abilities seem to be very much intact. What could I possibly need with disability services, right? Sometimes I even question whether or not I am a person with a disability myself because of all the doubt around me. However, while people are deciding whether or not I am actually a person with a disability, my struggles are very much real, and I deal with them everyday.
I’ve talked about the condition that I have on my blog many times. I have a genetic disorder called Turner syndrome, and it’s the reason for my struggles. Having Turner syndrome does not automatically make a person disabled, however, it can lead to disability. Tuner syndrome can lead to many complications. One of those complications is learning disability. Unfortunately, this fact is not very well known, because Turner syndrome is not well known. Also, girls with Turner syndrome can lead normal lives with proper treatment. However, every girl with Turner syndrome’s experience is different, and some do struggle more than others.
Another issue is the type of disability that girls with Turner syndrome sometimes have. Turner syndrome can lead to nonverbal learning disability. This means they can have issues with visual-spatial skills. Unfortunately, nonverbal learning disability is still not recognized as an official disorder.
All of these combined issues make it hard for me to get the services I need. People simply don’t understand my struggles, and don’t understand why I need help. What is really needed is more awareness on both Turner syndrome and nonverbal learning disability. What is also very needed is an understanding that every person’s experience is different. Not every person with a disability has a disability that is obvious.