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Disability. What does this word really mean? How much do you really know about disability? There is so much more to disability than just a medical diagnosis and personal physical limitations.  

A lack of access is what is truly disabling to people with disabilities. Access is the key to an equal opportunity. Eliminating physical barriers, through avenues such as Universal Design, erases the defined disability.

Even more important than eliminating physical barriers is educating the public to eliminate social barriers like ignorance and ableism that create stigmas associated with being a wheelchair user.

Disability is perspective and through education, the definition of disability can be shifted. This shift can be seen through the example of a pair of glasses. Due to glasses, a correctable visual impairment is no longer defined as disabling and obtaining access with a wheelchair should not be perceived as any different than someone wearing glasses.

Once social barriers are eliminated to the point that wheelchairs and other assistive devices are looked at as no different than glasses, people with disabilities will be seen as capable of more than the status quo suggests and in turn, people will understand why physical barriers need to be eliminated.

AbiliTrek’s Training

AbiliTrek has the capability to inform your community–whether that is a university or a workplace–about the complex issues that make up the definition of disability. We desire to teach the world and change perspective on the definition of disability so that access–both in the physical and social sense–can be obtained by the disability community.

Do you know proper disability etiquette or how to interact with a person with a disability? Are you interested in what it is like to live with a disability? Contact us. We at AbiliTrek would love to speak with you!

A poem by our chief Accessibility Officer:

I may have a disability,

but I am only disabled when others look past my abilities.

I may not be able to walk,

but I am only disabled when I am without my wheels.

I may not be able to climb a flight of stairs,

but I am only disabled when there is not an equivalent elevator.

I may not be able to step down when the sidewalk ends,

but I am only disabled when a curb ramp has not been poured.

I may have a disability,

but I am only disabled when others look past my abilities.