The barriers faced by persons with hidden mobility disabilities are unfortunately truly invisible to policy makers, researchers, and government departments and organizations mandated to advocate for those with disabilities. In fact, many people with hidden mobility disabilities are still unaware that what they view as “their problems” are in fact external barriers created by a lack of attention to accommodating the needs of persons with hidden mobility disabilities.

The World Health Organization’s World Report on Disability: 2011 states: “Key requirements for addressing accessibility and reducing negative attitudes are access standards; cooperation between the public and private sector; a lead agency responsible for coordinating implementation; training in accessibility; universal design for planners, architects, and designers; user participation; and public education. Experience shows that mandatory minimum standards, enforced through legislation, are required to remove barriers in buildings.”

In addition to using the Action Kits, see if you can be invited to participate on Advisory Groups regarding disability accommodation.