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Invisible Disabilities Recognized During Disability Awareness Month in October

Allsup sponsors Invisible Disabilities awards banquet; distributes free posters

Invisible Disabilities AssociationMillions of Americans have unseen yet debilitating medical conditions, such as diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, brain injury and fibromyalgia. In addition to enduring chronic pain and facing the physical challenges of their diseases, many people with "invisible disabilities" also face criticism and discrimination from people who don't understand their medical conditions, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation and Medicare plan selection services.

Allsup is pleased to observe Disability Awareness Month in October by sponsoring the Invisible Disabilities Association's (IDA) annual awards banquet and distributing free Disability Awareness Month posters.

"One of the most common things my wife hears is, 'But you look good!' "said Wayne Connell, IDA founder and president. "Even people who knew and loved Sherri just didn't understand what she was going through."

Sherri Connell was an active singer, dancer, model and actor who enjoyed riding her horse. However, due to multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease and multiple chemical sensitivities, she now struggles to take a shower, get a meal or go to a doctor's appointment.

"Common misperceptions are that people are lazy, unmotivated, seeking attention or that it is 'all in their heads'," said Connell. "Even people close to you may not understand what you are going through if you have a debilitating condition, because on the outside, you look the same. People need support and treatment, not judgment."

IDA works closely with disease support organizations, medical professionals and businesses like Allsup to provide that support to tens of thousands of people and their families each month.

"Allsup is pleased to collaborate with IDA and sponsor this year's banquet," said Allsup CEO and founder Jim Allsup. "Education and advocacy are keys to ensuring inclusion, understanding and compassion. We commend IDA's work to educate and connect people and organizations touched by illness, pain and injury around the globe."

Allsup is helping to shine the light on all disabilities with free Disability Awareness Month posters, available at or by calling Karen Hercules-Doerr at (800) 854-1418, ext. 5770.