One of the best things about starting this blog is it has opened up dialogue between my friends and i about disability issues in my home country Zimbabwe, disability issues here in Australia and disability issues worldwide. The reoccurring theme i hear in these discussions from people without disabilities is their dislike of the word “disability.” I kid you not, i CRINGE each time someone without a disability says to me “i don’t like the word disability” or my favourite one “i don’t like the word disability cause i don’t believe anyone has a disability.” The award though goes to anyone who has ever said to me “Colleen i don’t see you as having a disability.” I find this quite interesting that people without disabilities do not like the word “disability” yet those of us with disabilities are comfortable very comfortable using the word. What i do have a problem with is the word disabled because it places emphasis on the disability rather the person whereas disability in the context of a person with a disability places emphasis on the person rather than the disability….So i guess my question is this why don’t people like the word disability? This is something that has really been on my mind the last few days. In order to answer the question, i’ll have a have a conversation with people who think this way in order to understand this and do a follow up post.
PS: if you do not like the word “disability” please comment and let’s have a conversation about it.