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Kacey is the newest employee in Bradley’s federal office building. It’s been a little over a month since Kacey started, and he is pleased to have her on his team. She gets along with everyone and is very productive. One day, Bradley asks Kacey to log the minutes for the staff meeting. Kacey reluctantly obliges, and Bradley soon notices that Kacey is writing slowly and can’t seem to keep pace with the meeting. Bradley was surprised, because she is typically efficient with work tasks. Bradley asked her to speed up, not knowing that Kacey has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which causes her difficulty with writing, and can sometimes prevent her from completing essential job tasks. After the meeting, Kacey informs Bradley of her disability, and tells him that she didn’t disclose the information to anyone but her supervisor. After his conversation with Kacey, Bradley realized how important it is to consider that many disabilities do not have apparent characteristics.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in two people in the U.S. have some type of chronic medical condition, and many of them are not easily identified. Many people may believe that individuals with a non-obvious disability are exaggerating their situation or that they may not be able to accomplish a certain work task.
The new CAP training, Disability Etiquette Part Seven: Individuals with Non-Obvious Disabilities, provides information on interacting with individuals who have a non-obvious disability. You can view the training here: http://www.cap.mil/NewsEvents/TrainingVideo.aspx?id=21
To view additional videos in the CAP Disability Etiquette Training Series, please visit: http://www.cap.mil/newsevents/Training.aspx