Research perspectives

Research advocates wider use of “adjustment passports” for invisible disabilities

A new research paper from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology  which produces impartial briefings for Parliament, has highlighted the challenges facing people with invisible disabilities in employment and higher and further education.

The report found that those with invisible disabilities are conflicted over whether to disclose them, mainly due to concerns about disbelief, stigma or confidentiality, and difficulties accessing the services and support they need.

Up to possibly 80% of all disabilities are invisible disabilities, with the trend continuing for more people to be diagnosed in adult life, especially in cases of  neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, or autism or dyspraxia.

The report proposes the wider introduction of an “adjustment passport”. These are commonly used already in the public sector, especially education and provide a summary of the individual’s disability and the support or the adjustments that they need in the workplace or the educational setting.