Saturday, November 23, 2013

Disabled people vs. Non disabled people

I will not go into detail where I was today , But I will say that I was at a Leadership Conference for disabled women and that was an amazing and inspirational experience :) !

I am not sure that it would be a good idea to disclose the names of the speakers at this conference , But I definitely want to share what they said and what I learned and liked .

In the disability community we fairly know the phrase " Nothing about us without us "

Today I heard the same phrase and also a tiny re-phrasing of that piece and this re-phrasing was not worse or better , But just as good !

The phrase I heard today was " Nothing without us "

So when you read the phrase " Nothing about us without us " it means , Do not make any decisions about or for disabled people without disabled people !

The phrase " Nothing without us " means disabled people need to be included and it should and must be obvious that disabled people be included in everything that concerns society !

I also heard something else interesting !

The society does not like saying " A disabled person " instead people rather say " A person with a disability "

Although I understand that the society is making these so called corrections to not insult disabled people , But here is a question that comes to my mind ; Why cannot disabled people decide how they want to be called ?

If an autistic person wants to call him or herself autistic instead of calling him or herself a person who has autism ,  Why does the society want to correct that person ? !

Disabled people are the ones who are supposed to decide what they feel compfortable with and not the society !

The only responsibility or duty that the society has is to include everybody in the decision making .

So if the society wants to show respect , Understanding and acceptance for disabled people then all the society has to do is listen and accommodate and respect the wishes of disabled people .

Because if an autistic person is requesting a particular accommodation or wants to be called autistic , Why are people saying no to that ?

Autistic people know what they are talking about !

Include everybody into our society and we will be able to appreciate eachother's gifts and create a better community !

Thank you for reading .



  1. The problem I see with the phrase "disabled people" is that it doesn't really include working people with disabilities. "People with disabilities" includes more people, i.e. both those who do and don't work.

    1. You mean it should actually say " Non disabled workers vs Disabled workers ?