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.