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Graphic of the United States containing a silhouette of a person with their hand on their head next to the text reading 'This year 1,700,000 Americans will sustain a traumatic brain injury'. Photo credit: United States Brain Injury Alliance.

Not all disabilities are visible. Brain injuries can cause a variety of health problems that may or may not be visible. Photo credit: United States Brain Injury Alliance.

Brain injuries are like people in the sense that no two brain injuries are alike.  Brain injuries and the effects they have on people who have experienced them can range from headaches, learning problems, agitation or changes in vision.  These disabilities are invisible to the eye, but sometimes cause  lasting impact on a person’s ability to complete daily activities.  For more information about brain injuries visit the North Dakota Brain Injury Network at  As we go through our daily routine it is important to remember that not all disabilities are visible.  That person who has a placard to use accessible parking that does not appear to have a disability or someone using a wheelchair at an airport only to get up out of the chair to board a flight are fighting a battle that we cannot see.  So next time you catch yourself judging someone in this position, stop.