Adam - Film Review

Adam - Film Review

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A non-visible or hidden disability refers to symptoms such as extreme fatigue, dizziness, pain, weakness and cognitive impairments which are frequently debilitating. Symptoms can occur due to illness, pain, congenital disorders or resulting from injury and may not be obvious to an observer. A person can have a hidden diagnosis whether or not they have a visible impairment or use assisted technology like electric mobility scooters, power motorized chairs, standard manual wheelchairs, walkers, or canes.

Some examples of hidden impairments are learning and cognitive delays, mental illness, epilepsy, cancer, arthritis, traumatic brain injury, AIDS and asthma. Non-visible medical diagnosis can result in functional limitations which substantially restrict one or more of major life activities, just like those which are visible. The disease or injury may have damaged the brain, bones, spine, muscles and nerves. Although a person may appear able to complete a task, they may experience impediments or may even be totally unable to perform specific functions.

People may encounter obstacles due to medical conditions which are quite obvious, while others may have symptoms which are not discernible. A person may appear perfectly “normal,” but one cannot honestly determine normalcy, as this is completely subjective, comparable to the concept of beauty. A judgment of what a person is capable of accomplishing, based solely on outward appearance, is illogical and unreasonable. A hidden medically diagnosed ailment can be just as debilitating and painful and society's expectations of individuals with hidden impairments may not reflect the person's true aptitudes, thus resulting in such an individual experiencing discrimination, prejudice and hardship.


Hugh Dancy stars in Adam a young man living alone after his father's death. He has a failing job, very few friends and is fascinated with outer space and the cosmos. He is...

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