July is #disabilitypridemonth, but what is disability? This is the definition I was taught at a disability awareness workshop and the one I propose to you.
“The social model of disability is based on a distinction between the terms impairment and disability. In this model, the word impairment is used to refer to the actual attributes (or lack of attributes) that affect a person, such as the inability to walk or breathe independently. The word disability is used to refer to the restrictions caused by society when it does not give equivalent attention and accommodation to the needs of individuals with impairments.
While physical, sensory, intellectual, or psychological variations may cause individual functional limitation or impairments, these do not necessarily have to lead to disability unless society fails to take account of and include people regardless of their individual differences.”
Celebrate diversity, include diversity, make space for people with a range of diverse physical, sensory, intellectual and psychological abilities to thrive.