Why “Disable the Barriers?”
We exist to propel disability rights to the forefront of the social consciousness by changing the meaning of “disabled” from negative and passive to positive and proactive. “Disable” becomes an active verb.
We are here to help move the perception of disability in society from shame to pride, from fear to action, and from “for” to “with” the disability community.
Disability rights has been consistently left out of the conversation, or even worse – has been treated as a footnote.
What is disability?
“Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.
Disability is thus not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities requires interventions to remove environmental and social barriers.”
- The World Health Organization
We have identified five major barriers that must be removed to be a truly inclusive society; physical, psychological, cultural, political, and educational. Removing these barriers would benefit both the disabled and the non-disabled populations.
Of the five barriers we’ve identified, we decided to start by understanding and disabling the cultural, physical, and psychological barriers, which will pave to way to removing the stronger political and educational barriers in the future.