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Study: Women with invisible disabilities suffer more at work


Disabilities at work make life more difficult for women than men. And when the disability falls into the “nonvisible disability” category, women suffer even more.

That’s a key takeaway from a study of employees with disabilities by the Working Mother Research Institute. Consulting firm PwC sponsored the research. Findings come from interviews with nearly 1,400 working adults with disabilities.

While the full report contains information on individuals with visible disabilities as well as those who have nonvisible disabilities, the more compelling information from a human resources vantage point concerns the latter.

What is a nonvisible, or invisible, disability? The website describes it this way: “Invisible disabilities refers to symptoms such as debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences and mental health disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments.”

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