1 in 4 young adults, ages 18-35+,
Suffer from chronic health conditions,
And yet they live totally in the shadows.
The Invisible Wave (iWave or iW) movement originated in Washington D.C. as volunteers and interns came forward to build a community that provides a safe space for these vulnerable young adults and advocate for their Human and Civil Rights. We are now poised to launch a nationwide movement and we need the support and participation of many other individuals and entities across the country.
It’s a simple truth: America today is not prepared to provide the medical care, education, social support and work opportunities that young adults with chronic health conditions desperately need. We take care of older adults, children, babies—but not this vast and growing population. Why? Because no one expected them to be here. Until just a few decades ago, many of these children would not have lived into young adulthood. Science and technology have changed that, helping young adults survive once-fatal medical conditions. In fact, there are now about 20 million young adults with chronic conditions in America. They are medical miracles, yet they might as well be
Just like all young adults, they have dreams and goals. They struggle to figure out how to live on their own, complete college, get the right job and find their lifelong partner. But
given their chronic conditions those goals are much harder to achieve.
Young adults with chronic conditions depend on a health care system that knows how to provide age-appropriate care for their specific health issues throughout their lives. The existing adult health care system lacks this age adaptive and condition specific care and has a lot of room for work to be done to reach acceptable standards. Disability laws, supports and services that are supposed to protect them fail to address the specific needs for chronic health conditions, making it harder for young adults to succeed in college and the workplace. This lack of support in turn invites feelings of fear and rejection amongst young adults - a fear of being labeled as “sick”, “disabled” or “different”. These young adults also struggle to keep social commitments and are at risk of suffering from social isolation.
Our first goal is to raise awareness and build our base. Young adults with chronic conditions need to know they count. We invite all individuals, disease groups, health organizations, colleges and businesses to join together under the iWave umbrella. Our goal is to hold events for iWave across the country and take our issues to Capitol Hill to create real change! Together we can help young adults with chronic conditions emerge from the shadows and claim the American Dream for every one of us.
Join the Movement
We want this population to be treated equally and with dignity. The first thing you can do
is join the iWave Movement and ask others to do so. At the top of this site you will find links
to our Blogs and Forums. Make sure you join and support our brave young adults.
Please let us know if you would like to become a blogger and share your story as well.
The world NEEDS to hear your stories.
Become a Volunteer
Another way you can help is to volunteer your time and talent. iWave needs volunteers
in many critical areas— raising funds, organizing social events, and expanding the
movement online through social media, digital marketing, and website management.
Consider a Donation
Your personal or corporate donation will go a long way toward strengthening our cause.
With your financial help we can hold events like iW Socials and “Pop Ups,” and
undertake visits to key legislators on Capitol Hill. In addition, we can take our message
across the country, advocating for iWave on the national stage.
However you choose to support iWave, your generosity will make an enormous
difference. Thank you for joining our movement!