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Defining Disability

We recognize that the definition of disability is complicated.

When we discuss disability, we are referring to anyone who identifies as disabled or a person with a disability.

We strive to affirm

  • people with apparent disabilities and people with hidden disabilities;
  • people who have formal disability diagnoses and people who self-identify with disabled experiences/identities;
  • people who are born disabled and people who are late disabled;
  • people who prefer person-first language and people who prefer identity-first language;
  • people who are out as disabled and people who do not identify publicly as disabled;
  • people who might identify with the labels of learning disabilities, mental health conditions, psychiatric/psychosocial disabilities, mental illnesses, cognitive disabilities, mental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, mobility disabilities,  sensory disabilities, emotional disabilities, neurological disabilities, developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses, and deformities or cosmetic disabilities;
  • people who identify with disability through madness, trauma, fatness, or deformity;
  • and anyone whose bodies/minds simply work atypically or differently than usual.

The aim of a Disability Cultural Center would be to support anyone who identifies with any kind of disability.

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