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Notes on Invisible Illness

The Imposters Club
Season 2 Episode 6: Notes on Invisible Illness, Hidden Disability and the Creative Industries with Gabriella Leon & Rose Wardle


In this episode Sinéad and Melissa are joined by two brilliant guests: actor, writer and activist Rose Wardle, and actor, writer and star of Casualty Gabriella Leon. Rose and Gabriella join The Imposters Club to chat about the imposter syndrome and weird privileges that come with hidden disability and invisible illness, media representation and how to be a better ally.


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Rose Wardle IG: @rosesusanlily
Gabriella Leon IG & TW: @gabriellaleon_
@DANC_MANC (Disabled Artists Networking Community)
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Amal Abdi, Supporting people with Invisible Illnesses, Roundhouse blog

10 ways to be a Good Ally to Diabled People’, She Might Be Magazine

Illness Often Shows Up in Media – but Depictions of Chronic Illness Continue to Lack’, Franca Bergunde, The Mighty

How To Get Disability Representation In TV & Movies Right, According To The People Doing It’, Mary Kate McGrath, Bustle

Chronic Illness’ Mainstream Moment’, Larry Dobrow, MM&M

Chronic Illness and Its (Lack of) Portrayal in Society’, Taylor Phillips, Vocal

The Catch 22 of Illness and Disability Portrayals in Media: All Representation is Good Representation vs. Accuracy Only, Please’, InvisiYouth

Recommended reading: “Year of Yes! How to dance in the sun and be your own person” by Shonda Rhimes