disability identity

Flirting With My Identity As A Disabled Woman

Flirting With My Identity As A Disabled Woman

A major part of my identity is that I am disabled. This is not a newsflash to those of you who know me. In fact you may be thinking, "This is the big revelation? Who cares." That's kind of true. One look at me and you can easily see that I am disabled. But what I draw issue with is the term of disability. It is a label that concludes a value judgement or assessment of ability. The truth is, I have pride in being disabled. It is part of who I am. But it is the often misguided negative associations with the label of disability that I reject.

Disability Pride: Not just slogans and protest posters

Disability Pride: Not just slogans and protest posters

Disability pride is the open and vocal declaration, dare I say unapologetic, of one's disability identity. Those who are disabled and proud not only acknowledge they are disabled, but they embrace it as part of their being. It reflects much more of the social model of disability. That is, that the construct of disability resides in the environment, and not in themselves. People who are proud to be disabled aren't looking to be cured, fixed or appeased. Rather, they seek the same rights, access and freedoms that any non-disabled person is afforded.