Difference vs deviance






















Ben took this photo when we were walking on Blue Mountain in Collingwood the other weekend.

I thought these notes from a presentation inclusion author Cheryl Jorgensen sent me were food for thought (and I also get how referring to disability as simply a social construct minimizes the experience of parents raising children with significant disability and medical fragility).

Disability is a social construction, not a deficit located "within" a person. The degree to which disability/difference hinders a person's life is directly correlated with the level of accommodation in the environment for that person's differences and needs.

Disability is one kind of human difference: not deviance, not deficiency, not needing a cure, not needing charity or benevolence.