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Medway Non-Visible Disability Initiative (NVDi)

This initiative was launched in Rochester Cathedral on 3 September 2021 to raise awareness of non-visible disabilities and introduce measures to tackle this issue.

Non-visible disabilities are associated with a range of conditions, including: neurological, mental health, cognitive impairment, blindness and deafness – that have in common that symptoms are not immediately obvious.  People with non-visible disabilities can have difficulties not accessing what they need which impacts their everyday life. They can also experience humiliation and abuse.  An excellent excellent overview of non-visible disabilities is provided by

Objective & Aims 

Objective:  Wider awareness and acceptance of Non-Visible Disabilities (NVD) in the community/society, making NVD acceptable and inclusiveness as a norm. 

AIMS:  To tackle the impact of non-visible disabilities by informing local businesses and services how they can adapt and make small changes to help those who may have a non-visible disability. This initiative is starting off as a pilot study centred on Rochester High Street.

What is NVDi Doing to Help

1. TRAINING: With MidKent College, together with Medway Adult Education ,has developed and delivered a NVD Level 2 qualification course (see launch of Course, left).  They are also developing a short 2-hour Community Awareness training course to be delivered both face-to-face and online.

2.  PHONE APP/ WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT: to access Disability/ Non-Visible Disability Friendly businesses and services.; working with the University of Greenwich, Engineering & Science faculty.

3.  RAISING AWARENESS of NVDs: Holding awareness events and publicising NVD activities, including and this website and social media. On 22 July 2022 NVDi will be hosting a Garden Party - NVDi in Action - in Eastgate Gardens.

4.  PROMOTING EXISTING NVD WORK: being carried out by other charities and support groups, such as Medway Disability NetworkHeadway Medway, and Alzheimer’s SocietyDementia Friends Awareness course. 

Breaking News

1.  NVDi in Action, Eastgate House and Gardens, 22 July 1pm to 3pm.  A report on this awareness event to showcase the work of NVDi is available on this Tab.

2.  NVDi Survey: NVDi would like to find out the existing level of awareness of non-visible disabilities in Medway and how best to raise awareness.  Options for different levels and formats of training are offered for you to choose which, if any, would suit you or your organisation or business.  To take this quick survey please click SURVEY.

3.  UK Parliament announces new POST Note: Invisible Disabilities, starting September 2022.  A POSTnote in this area will provide an overview of the main types of invisible disabilities and the different mental, physical, and social challenges people with invisible disabilities experience. It will review employment rights and workplace adjustments as well as evidence on interventions and schemes aimed at reducing discrimination and increasing support for people with invisible disabilities. It will also consider how changes in the workplace, such as increased remote and hybrid working, could present opportunities to increase workplace accessibility in the longer-term.

Please see our Medway NVDi Flyer for a summary of our work