Invisible Disability

Disabilities are not always going to be obvious to others! The decision to share one’s disability is also highly personal and it can be a difficult one as they may face skepticism, disbelief, or stigma from others who cannot understand the extent of their disability or needs.

In this insightful podcast/vodcast episode, we sit down with a remarkable young adult, entrepreneur, and self-advocate, who explains the reality of growing up with an invisible disability. Even at a young age, he is determined to have a voice, as he speaks up for himself and others with disabilities. Join us for a story of resilience, creativity, and living life to the fullest!

Discussed in this episode

  • The unique lives of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Handling triggers and regulating emotions;
  • The social and educational challenges of having an invisible disability;
  • Advocating for our needs and asking for help;
  • Opening up to others about disability; and
  • The importance of inclusion.

Why you should tune in

Having any disability can come with a lot of challenges but living with an invisible disability can bring on a very specific set of challenges around lack of awareness and understanding from others. Break through the misunderstanding by listening to a lived experience!

Learn more by watching a vodcast (video) or listening to podcast (audio) episode 80.

Invisible Disability, featuring a self-advocate


  • 1:30 – About Zaveon and being a young entrepreneur
  • 5:00 – Visible vs. not visible disabilities
  • 7:00 – What Autism Spectrum Disorder can look like
  • 8:55 – The importance of routine
  • 12:20 – School challenges and how teachers can help
  • 18:05 – Social challenges and support
  • 20:55 – Regulating emotions
  • 23:30 – Opening up to others about disability
  • 28:30 – What to know about someone with Autism
  • 30:05 – Inclusion, speaking up, and achieving goals
Listen to “TRAININGS E80: Invisible Disability” on Spreaker.

This work is made possible through support from Colorado Access, Dungarvin, arc Thrift StoresDevelopmental Pathways, and The Arc of Aurora.

Watch our past podcast/vodcast series!