Our free allyship email series aims to educate subscribers on the common issues that people with a visible difference or disfigurement face. It is written for people who want to know how best to behave and talk to someone with a visible difference, be it a friend, colleague, patient or stranger.
If you have a visible difference, please share this page with friends and colleagues to spread the word and help make sure people with a scar, mark or condition are treated equally in society.
What does it mean to be a visible difference ally?
To be an ally, you need an awareness of what living with a visible difference can be like and to consciously support people with a visible difference with empathy and kindness.
You don’t need to know someone with a visible difference or disfigurement to become an ally.
Why do we need visible difference allies?
Many of the difficulties people with a visible difference or disfigurement often face relate to other people’s reactions. They may experience stares, hurtful comments and even discrimination. Research by Santa Com Res found that: