Well, in many times it does, but illness is an illness regardless you see any signs or not, same as disability. The fact is , it’s there and we have to deal with it.
Autism is considered an invisible disability, and being in this category doesn’t make it any less difficult than it would be otherwise. In fact many times it can cause more complications in one’s life.
My son is autistic, and I had been judged so many times by others. He does not have any physical features that can indicate his autism, and there are times when he has behavior that is not looked in a positive way, and I get disapproval looks and ugly comments. As small as going to the urgent care can be a task for me because of his invisible disability. I explain the nurse what is happening with my son , and when we get to the doctor he was making fun of what I said after he glanced at my son . “well he is old enough to talk to me and tell me what is his problem, we do not need his mother to talk for him.” Little that he knew my son can say words, but his speech is not functional, therefore he can not explain what is his problem. The demeaning comments, belittling looks are my every day life for the past 8 + years. Many times I was thinking if he would have any physical attribute that indicate his different ability would reduce all these degrading reactions.
Once I talk to a mother whose son has down-syndrome. When we talked about this issue, she told me she would rather have her son without any visible signs, because she is tired of pity from so many people.
As I see it there are problems in both ends. Invisible sickness and disability creates unwanted judgements, assumptions that can be even deadly sometimes, and it certainly makes ones life miserable. (many ASD kids have barely any social skills , too much sensory issues and misreading their actions can cause in severe harm or death .)
Visible illness, disability create unnecessary ridicule, pity for a person that can impact them in a negative way.
We need to learn to be more human, more caring, and accepting. We need to stop judging so quickly, and look beyond the obvious. We have to ask why before we draw conclusions. Our behavior can make or break these individuals life, which is already filled with hardship, emotional and physical affliction.