In our experience, “Impairment + Barrier = Disability” (thanks Greg Alchin!)
By all means, let’s work on reducing/eliminating the impairments/disadvantages we variously live with; but at the same time, let us remove the various barriers we encounter.
Cerebral Palsy could most definitely be styled an ‘impairment’; yet, as my son and I have discovered time and time again; when barriers are removed, that impairment need no longer be experienced as a ‘disability’.
My son’s quadriplegia has not held him back. His skill, determination and joie-de-vive, coupled with Apple Accessibility, mean that he can truly say “disability? My arse!”
Let’s name the barriers when we encounter them and work to have them removed, so that we all may share in the liberation.