No, “disability” is not a bad word.
No, having a disability is not shameful.
No, disability does not mean being “less than”.
No, disability does NOT mean a complete inability to do things. It only means, needing to do things differently from everyone else.
No, it does not mean that your life loses value. Disabled lives are LIVES WORTH LIVING.
Claiming the disability label for yourself or for your children and other loved ones is NOT a form of “giving up”. It doesn’t mean that you stop working toward greater autonomy, improved abilities, integration into society, or a more fulfilled life. It just means, acknowledging that you may need to do things differently. Sometimes accepting a disability can be an important step toward achieving your life goals. You can’t imagine away limitations, but you can imagine how to work around them.
Claiming the disability label can be an act of pride. Many disabled…
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