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I hate this discussion and I think everyone knows where I stand on this issue. Just because a disibilty isn't visible, doesn't mean it's NOT as crippling as those that are. Anyone who says different is uneducated and ridiculous. - Mrsblue 693.1 #332 11-17-12 4:08PMLike(29)Reply
I don't think ANYONE with a disability needs to explain to ANYONE what their disabilities are!! I'm sorry for your anxiety/panic attacks. If getting a GAC helps, than you go for it! That's what it's for. I hope the GAC does help so you are able to enjoy your time in the parks! :) - LizO 471.1 #511 11-17-12 4:00PMLike(4)Reply
It's hard not to be offended by what somebody says on here about that when you have been on the receiving end of the dirty looks from people who don't see your disability, heck even when they can see it. Let them stew in their bitterness and misunderstandings and focus on enjoying your time at the parks while using the GAC. - Linzee 1926.0 #100 11-17-12 4:05PMLike(3)Reply
I dont get why people just don't mind their own business and keep to their own affairs! If there are using a GAC, no matter what they look like, what difference should that make?! It amazes me that anyone would even think to complain about it. I feel grateful that those that need it have that option and those that don't need it should feel grateful that they don't have a disability. Don't let anyone ever make you feel uncomfortable! You don't have to explain yourself to anyone! - LisaMouse7531 410.1 #605 11-17-12 4:52PMLike(3)Reply
I'd like to share a really positive story right now...a year and a half ago, we brought my husband's grandma to DL. She is 87 years old and struggles with several conditions that make it difficult for her to move around. She was very nervous about the trip--in fact, she wanted to stay home until we had a long talk with her about how easy it really would be. We rented a small fold up wheelchair for her, but she didn't want a GAC card even though she could have easily used one. She had A BLAST! She was able to wait in many different lines in her wheelchair, and as the trip progressed, she used it less and less. This trip was such a confidence booster for her that she is currently packing to leave on a trip to Rome and cruise through the Greek Isles! She leaves Monday and she's never been to Europe before--it wouldn't have happened if she hadn't come to DL with us, and this confidence boost really started with a conversation about how accessible DL is for everyone: it's a true gift for all walks of life to be able to experience the magic--it's amazing to me what Disney makes possible for people! 😊✨ - Spoonful_O_Sugar 701.4 #324 11-17-12 5:04PMLike(3)Reply
I know where you're coming from. I couldn't go anywhere where there would be a lot of ppl without wanting to run away. I found a way to cope and eventually over come most of it and you will too. Some meds don't always help and some worsen the problem. If you ever need to chat I'm always on late. - dumbbunny 627.7 #372 11-17-12 4:03PMLike(1)Reply
The person was saying that no disability was present because they couldn't see one. They didn't believe that it is possible to be disabled and for others not to know it by looking at you. That's what I got from the attitudes of the two people who had an issue with the gac card. You have every right to be offended. People can be very ignorant even in this day and age. - aidensmama 340.3 #786 11-17-12 4:16PMLike(1)Reply
I must have missed the previous conversation about the GAC and opinions that it should only be for disabilities that can be seen. Maybe, it was for good reason that I missed it because I probably would have been crushed that people in this community are so ignorant and uneducated about disabilities. If you look at my hubs, his disabilities cannot be seen: his clothes cover them, but let me tell you what- getting a GAC is probabły the only way we will ever be able to do DL/DCA again. We always get stared at because he "looks" so good. It was hard in the beginning to get over the staring. People need to stop being so judgemental about what they don't know, and count their blessings that they don't need a GAC. Do what you have to in order to enjoy DL, otherwise our homes become a prison. - Sugarbuzz 333.2 #817 11-17-12 4:17PMLike(1)Reply
I agree! The only mark of my disability is my knee brace, which I don't often wear unless I really truly need it. But the GAC has helped so much, especially on those long days. Just because an illness is invisible, doesn't mean it isn't terrible! - BelleintheTARDIS 258.8 #1378 11-17-12 5:43PMLike(1)Reply
Same here. I have terrible anxiety issues. Despite loving Disney it's hard going...the car is so far away, there are crowds, loud noise, people touching me, and crowding my spacial bubble. It's really a test of wills just go get on a few rides and have the bar come down and lock on me. I use a disability pass on days or for rides that get my anxiety really high. The worst part are the looks when people are evaluating my disability. I avoid using my card as much as possible simply because the staring and scrutiny from guests brings on the anxiety I'm using the card to avoid. I get it. Just remember that nay Sayers aren't in your shoes and if their lucky will never feel the level of panic we experience so it's hard to understand. - pridegirl 403.2 #621 11-17-12 6:26PMLike(1)Reply
I can't say anything better than what's already been said in favor of KladiaDisneyNinja! I'll just add my 2 cents: I suffer from Fybromyalgia and Sjögren's syndrome. Just because we suffer in silence doesn't mean we don't hurt. I've found that for me, I can either focus on the pain, or focus on helping others. I choose the latter. If anyone has a GAC, that is their business and no one else's. Else we all run around with signs around our neck telling the world our ailments, I say..if you need a GAC, who are we to judge. - DisneyDavidEMT 2835.9 #58 11-17-12 8:48PMLike(1)Reply
There are many organic medicines for panic attacks and nausea... - BambooMike 133.8 #3129 11-17-12 3:51PMLikeReply
Don't take it to personal. I have anxiety attacks too this is why I carry my medication when I'm at the parks. I don't feel the need to get a GAC because I'm able to control it, but I get where your coming from. It's not any body's business and no one can control how you feel until they are in your shoes. - nicealex77 738.7 #309 11-17-12 4:54PMLikeReply
Mrsblue to they allow you to use the GAC for autism? My little guy is autistic and I think it would help him out tremendously not to have to stand in lines. Last time we went to Disneyland it was before he was diagnosed and poor thing spent most of the time in the stroller covering his ears. When he did feel comfortable enough to stand in line we only made it thru about half the time. It's very hard because he appears normal (he is very high functioning) but I have cards that I hand to people when I get dirty looks in the store or in public that say he is autistic and to please be patient with us. Thanks for the tip with the GAC that might help:) - brealover 298.0 #1031 11-17-12 4:55PMLikeReply
I got 2 (two) non visible disability. A busted Knee and i have issues with my lower lumbar disk. I hate all the dirty looks i get from CM and guess. But I would not have an issue standing in the general line with everyone else.
*** i have not used it at DCA can i use it there. please let me know. - MRINFINITI 5.2 #19533 11-17-12 5:10PMLikeReply
I have to say, getting a pass for my anxiety/panic attacks/agoraphobia SAVED my last trip to DL. I can stand in shorter lines, and if things get crowded I can usually find an empty space to chill and relax, but when lines are longer than 45 min or and hour, I get pani attacks in line because I feel clauserphobic. I am more than happy to wait out in the open for hours, and that's what the pass did, it was a huuuuge help. I honestly only used it twice (For RSR and Peter Pan).
Also, I've tried herbal mediciene, every technique known to man and traditional mediciene with little help. It's something I have always had and will most likely have forever, so I just learn to deal with it. I wish I didn't have to use the pass, but I'm so glad it available for people like us so we can enjoy the parks too 😊 - BettyPoop 237.6 #1622 11-17-12 5:40PMLikeReply
I suffer from the exact same thing and it's taken me years to discover this. I'm sorry if this is too personal but are you on medication for it? my doc recently prescribed something for me and I'm REALLY nervous about it. - mochamistie 273.2 #1248 11-17-12 5:58PMLikeReply
There is nothing that upsets me more then when people judge. My husband has to ride in a scooter because of a back and neck injury he sustained while deployed overseas and it angers me when people look at him odd and I hear their comments. It gets to him where he will attempt to walk the park and cause himself severe pain so people won't judge him. I just wish people would stop being judgemental and realize not all disabilities are visible so keep the judgements to yourself. - DisneyDreamer18 225.8 #1776 11-17-12 7:52PMLikeReply
Good for you... and don't feel bad. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is also invisible. I haven't used a card yet, but I know that I may have to soon... Sending good thoughts your way, and may no one steal your Disney joy! - LightyearsMommy 21.9 #7579 11-17-12 7:59PMLikeReply
I've been recently diagnosed with MS and panic attacks. People have no idea how we feel. - ninailshalo8 23.9 #7231 11-17-12 8:12PMLikeReply