QCQ #4 Changing the Framework: Disability Justice

“We are pushing for an understanding of how ableism affects all of our movements for justice. We are drawing connections between ableism and other systems of oppression and violent institutions. We are pushing for a more nuanced and fierce interrogation of the medical industrial complex and understandings of health, wellness and healing that aren’t rooted in ableist notions of bodies and what is considered ‘normal.’” (Changing the Framework: Disability Justice; How our communities can move beyond access to wholeness)

This quote stood out to me in the Changing the Framework article because it discuses an important theory in disability justice that challenges ableism (discrimination in favor of able-bodied individuals) and promotes a more inclusive system of health practices and services. I think that this an important aspect of the disability justice movement because it addresses the intersectionality of the movement and importance of understanding that disability is complicated by race, class, gender, immigration, sexuality, welfare status, incarceration, age and geographic location. This article discussed the complexities of accessibility and independence as important aspects of the disability justice movement as well. The author called for a perspective on accessibility not fostered by ableism, and a culture that does not devalue interdependence. I think that this kind of rethinking about how to structure how we think, discuss, and act about disability as a society is essential. I think acceptance of bodies and differences is so important for many justice movements. My question that arose for me out of this text is how can we discuss these ideas with a larger audience so that we can rethink as a society how we understand disability, and how can we create community spaces that are “mixed- ability” (the term used in this article) so that they are accessible without “othering” anyone not able bodied?

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