Differently Abled

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This term that’s come out:


I find myself uneasy with it. It implies if you’re not “able” you are different.

I’m working hard to push a message of we can all be the same as long as we talk and plan inclusively.

Labels can segregate people from and within social situations.

For example:

Ioan is 5ft 8, medium body build, brown eyes and has red hair.

He also has Asperger’s which means he does some things different to other people and thinks differently at times.

He works as a scientist for a multinational company.

He is as capable as everyone else and is not his label.

If he chooses, he will use his label as part of his identity as would we all.

He is Ioan.

Who are you?

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