Disability

Torso level photo of three Black and disabled folx (a non-binary person holding a cane, a woman in a power wheelchair, and a woman on a folding chair) raising their fists on the sidewalk in front of a white wall. Click the photo above and check out the Disabled and Here website to find out more!

Understanding disability and ableism is the work of every revolutionary, activist and organizer—of every human being. Disability is one of the most organic and human experiences on the planet. We are all aging, we are all living in polluted and toxic conditions and the level of violence currently in the world should be enough for all of us to care more about disability and ableism.

– Mia Mingus-Disability Rights Activist

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Disability-Related Terminology

Note: many overlap with Neurodiversity terminology

Definitions by Lydia X.Z. Brown at Autistic Hoya 

1. Oppression, prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination against disabled people on the basis of actual or presumed disability.

2. The belief that people are superior or inferior, have better quality of life, or have lives more valuable or worth living on the basis of actual or perceived disability


How well a person with atypical ways of thinking, communicating, sensing, or moving, can easily navigate an environment.

How well a person with atypical ways of thinking, communicating, sensing, or moving, can easily navigate an environment.


The ability to make independent decisions and act in one’s own best interests.


People are disabled when they have physical or mental differences or impairments while living in a society where their bodies and ways of thinking, communicating, sensing, or moving are not treated as “normal” or “natural.”


The systematic removal of the viewpoints and existence of oppressed people. The systematic omission of the identities of oppressed people.


When someone has difficulty doing something that most other people can do easily.

Impairment may lead to disability (such as paraplegia), but does not necessarily (such as nearsightedness).

When I say “liberatory access,” I mean access that is more than simply having a ramp or being scent free or providing captions. Access for the sake of access or inclusion is not necessarily liberatory, but access done in the service of love, justice, connection and community is liberatory and has the power to transform. I want us to think beyond just knowing the “right things to say” and be able to truly engage. I want us to not only make sure things are accessible, but also work to transform the conditions that created that inaccessibility in the first place. To not only meet the immediate needs of access—whether that is access to spaces, or access to education and resources, or access to dignity and agency—but also work to make sure that the inaccessibility doesn’t happen again.

Mia Mingus

Nothing About Us is a mixed media piece by Ricardo Levins Morales


Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.

[Image description: The photograph shows black disabled activist and artist Leroy Moore. He has short cropped hair, a mustache and a beard. He is standing bare-chested, with his hands together out in front of him. The text above him reads: “All bodies are unique and essential. All bodies are whole. All bodies have strengths and needs that must be met. We are powerful not despite the complexities of our bodies, but because of them. We move together, with no body left behind. This is disability justice.” Photograph ©Richard Downing; text ©Patty Berne; courtesy of Sins Invalid]


People’s History Museum

Online Resources

Disability Language Style Guide – National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ)

Leaving Evidence – blog by Mia Mingus, disability activist

Autistic Hoya – blog by Lydia X. Z. Brown, disability justice activist

#Access is Love” project from the Disability Intersectionality Summit

Access is Love Readings and Resources Guide compiled by Sandy Ho, Mia Mingus, and Alice Wong

Printed Resources

Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement

Ejeris Dixon (Editor); Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor), Printed by AK Press

“Somewhere between a call to action, a love letter, and a prayer,  Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the TJ Moment is a gift to those of us working for justice. The voices in this collection are strong and compassionate, and their reflections are honest and open-hearted.  Readers will feel challenged, inspired and held by this critically important book. It will surely inspire change.” —Beth Richie, author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation


Featuring fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics by 48 writers from around the world, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology proves that intersectionality isn’t just a buzzword. Printed by Squares and Rebels Press

“An anthology often creates a community. In this respect, QDA is truly groundbreaking because it brings two wonderful communities together. There is not a single style, genre, or opinion in the book, but an orchestra of voices. Their seminal works mirror—and do not mirror—each other. Taken together, they light a brilliant path of honesty.” —Jennifer Bartlett, co-editor of Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability


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