Disability: The Hidden Secret of Enhanced Perception Through the Discipline of Difference

On here site Sue Austen writes on the difference between two clusters of meaning around the concept "disability."

What ideas do her thoughts suggest to you? 

"There is a dichotomy in understanding: Many people understand this word to mean broken, deficient or limited in some way. But for those 'in the know' 'disability' celebrates the strengths and power that is built up in and through 'difference' - 'The Hidden Secret'. For them, if there is any sense of limitation attached to this use of the term, it is seen as residing in limitations in thinking. Thinking that results in the attitudinal or physical barriers which act to 'disable' their lives. For them the word 'disability' becomes a term of empowerment that frees them by bringing into consciousness those restrictions that have been shaping their experiences and identity."

There is a level at which her words could be used to renforce the "its all in your head" disability denial stance that attitude is all that matters. However, Universal Design insists on facing the reality of limits imposed when differences in functional ability meet concrete reality. UD points out that barriers are failures of imagination or "Thinking that results in the attitudinal or physical barriers which act to 'disable' [people's] lives."

Where are the points restriction in your life that have become an empowerment?

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