To put it simply, Dis.is asks our community to look at “disability” with a fresh perspective, free of the myths and stereotypes that have built up over the centuries and with a focus on the person behind the label.
Try to define “disability.” According to Merriam-Webster, it is "the condition of being unable to do things in the normal way."
Well, what’s “normal?”
Going back to Merriam-Webster, the first definition given is “usual or ordinary.” This sounds pretty vague. The second definition is “mentally and physically healthy.” Now, we seem to be on to something.
So then, is “what is disability” simply answered by reciting a list of labels of various conditions and diagnoses? Or do we need to search the web for the definitions put forth by Social Security or the Census Bureau or any other number of folks to get a better idea of what disability is and is not?
As we hope you have realized in these few words, we have a lot of work to do to define disability. The Dis.is campaign strives to create a dialogue within the community that stems from a couple of questions: What is a disability? and Why is it relevant in this situation? Through this dialogue, Dis.is hopes to give persons with all types of disabilities an opportunity to express their voice and to educate and inform the community about living with a disability and the barriers which we have created that need to be taken down.
The beginning of the Dis.is campaign will include video interviews, an interactive webpage, and social media. Then we’ll see where the conversation goes from there. Most importantly, Dis.is is an invitation to discuss, deliberate, and exchange ideas.
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