Invisible Disabilities Research Survey
**please note, I am requesting an email address to reach out with any questions or with further information about this research. If you do not wish to leave an active email, please put a fake one - the form does not allow me to not require this section**

I'm not a researcher, sociologist, or graduate student. I am an HR professional with a focus on Diversity and Inclusion with expertise in coaching, mentoring and tech recruiting. I am also a professional who has worked my entire career with two Invisible Disabilities (ID): depression and anxiety.

According to the CDC, "In 2014 [it was] found that 27.4% of women ages 18-64 identified with a disability in some form (compared to 20.8% of men in the same age range)." And while the rest of society has visible clues to indicate some disabilities, there is a large faction (sometimes estimated as high as 74% of all disabilities) that are invisible, unseen. These IDs are a compelling subject that needs study.

Earlier this year I was interviewing a group of professional women with a variety of IDs in anticipation of submitting a speaker's proposal to Anita Borg Institute's Grace Hopper Conference (the preeminent conference for women in tech). While the reviewers of my proposal had positive comments, their main constructive feedback was:

"Before reading this submission, I was not familiar with the term ID and would guess other attendees would also need more insight into what it is and more details on the mental illnesses that might be considered IDs."

This complete lack of awareness and understanding of the term ID indicated a glaring need to expand the conversation.

The goal of this project is to expand the pool of input directly from professional women who are carrying on successful—albeit challenged—careers with any ID. The first step in increasing awareness of diverse experiences in the workplace is for individuals to self identify about their ID (though most will not have used this term and many may not have seen themselves as part of this group).

The next step will be to tell some of these stories.

Questions? Comments? Please reach out to me (Jes) directly at

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Email address *
Please check the boxes below that fit your ID(s)? *
While this is not an exhaustive list of IDs, it is a general list. There is another section at the bottom if you do not feel the below fit.
What are the effects of your ID(s) on your work?
Positive and Negative, observations, musings, etc.
Your answer
What area of business or industry do you work in?
Your answer
What reasonable accommodation* have you asked for (or needed and didn't ask for) in the workplace?
*"Reasonable accommodation" is defined as any change or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things usually are done that would allow an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job functions, or enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals in the workplace. - US Dept of Labor, 2017
Your answer
What treatment, if any, have you sought for your ID(s)?
Treatment comes in many forms, not just medical. Traditional and non-traditional, physical, mental, emotional. Please think broadly.
Your answer
Are you an entrepreneur? Did you start your own business? Do you have a side hustle? Please elaborate:
Your answer
How do you feel your gender has affected your experience with your ID in life, medical treatment, and the workplace?
Your answer
Who is your support network(s)?
This can be friends, family, women's networks (ie. Dreamers and Doers, Tech Ladies, ERGs, etc), community support (ie: AA, Al-Anon, PTA), formal help (therapy, HR Business Partner, etc). Please think broadly!
Your answer
Anything else you'd like us to know?
Your answer
First and Last Name
Your answer
Are you open to being interviewed (with your name attached or anonymously) as part of this ongoing project?
What is your gender identity?
Would you want to know more about this project as it progresses?
What is your current age?
When thinking about how to create a narrative of this research, would love to see how individuals at different stages of life are working with/through their IDs
Your answer
Where did you hear about this project?
Your answer
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