Wayne Connell

Patient Leader

Wayne Connell, the founder, president and CEO of the Invisible Disabilities® Association, established IDA in 1996 out of the desire to educate friends and family about his wife's debilitating illness. Soon afterwards, people around the globe began sharing how IDA had changed their relationships with their loved ones. He is co-author of the book, “But You LOOK Good, How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain.” Wayne's background fueled his passion for helping people living with illness, pain and disability through IDA. His experience includes that of a professional, multitasking husband caregiver with an extensive background in management, media and technology.


Parker, CO


Lifetime Achievement

Wayne has devoted much of his life to fight for recognition for those who have disabilities that are not immediately obvious to the casual observer.  — Sandy

Wayne is a tireless advocate for individuals living with chronic pain and illness, including mental illness. He "saw" people with invisible disabilities long before the term became well-known. More importantly, he listened to them and provided forums for them to hear each other and connect, empowering individuals and an entire movement.  — Tai

Wayne Connell

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