Hidden Disabilities in the Test ValleyTest Valley Community Services Disabilities Forum organised an event on the 4th August on Andover High Street to raise awareness of hidden disabilities in the community.

Hidden disabilities are disabilities that are not immediately apparent but can still make daily living more difficult for millions of people across the country. Although the disability creates a challenge for the person who has it, the reality of the disability can be difficult for others to recognize or acknowledge.

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Event organiser and Forum leader Maurice Sweeney commented “the event was a great opportunity for our members to meet and discuss hidden disability issues and share their knowledge of the illness.” Test Valley Mayor Karen Hamilton, who herself has a hidden disability, attended the event and shared a peom she had written about the subject. Alien Poet Daniel Hooks also shared his poem on Mental Health. The event was supported by Andover Mind, Wookiminds and The Macular Society. The Test Valley Disability Forum currently has 156 members and can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/780559145399883/

Another similar event is planned for Romsey on the 12th August in the Market Square.

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