It may bring #accessibility issues into clearer focus if we call "inaccessible" what it really is: Disabling.

People tend to think a disability means not being able to see, hear, walk etc., and sure, physical or mental conditions are disabling in some or many situations. And you know what? We can CHANGE situations.

@ljwrites this blew my mind when I read about it from a design perspective. "Disability" is not a binary state but a mismatch between a person and the thing they are interacting with.

@Argus yup, it's a problem because one particular configuration of abilities (sighted, mobile, and often also hearing people) is considered "the norm" and everyone else is expected to just live with the mismatch because they are considered lesser and not as valuable.

@ljwrites @Argus Yep!! We run into this with our autistic stuff a lot. 'S'not that we're somehow inherently worse off than everyone else, but that the /environment/ is kinda hostile to us because no one thought about it.

@IceWolf @Argus and this is why I am somewhat critical of some autistic people (keeping in mind I'm allistic, so take it with a grain of salt) refusing the label "disabled," at least when it's used to distance themselves from disabled people in general. Yes autistic people are not inherently less capable, they live in a hostile environment that disables them... like welcome to the social model of disability, sounds to me like they're disabled??

@ljwrites @Argus Huh.

Makes sense. Honestly I think disability needs a reframing (this social-model stuff) in wider society so it's about the mismatch instead of about being Inherently Lesser.

But as it is, with society's Inherently Lesser categorization, I can totally see distancing yourself from it. In this context it's an identity label, and those are kinda tautological and definitions aren't everything.

@IceWolf Like I say, I only have a problem with it if it's like "We're not like Those disableds, we're not blind or deaf or mentally ill!" Not accepting a lesser category is one thing, throwing others under the bus is another. (Not saying that's what you're doing necessarily)

@ljwrites Oh that makes sense, yeah.

(Tangent but hah, hi we're plural, probably pretty much the /definition/ of Mentally Ill. :3 (fuck psychs))

@IceWolf oh nice! Some of my closest online friends are plurals :plural_heart: If I may ask, are all of you autistic, or some/one of you?

@IceWolf awesome, must make intrasystem communication slightly easier at least lol

@ljwrites Absolutely, people get the wrong idea when they hear "disabled people" sometimes because they think "I am not disabled / that person is not disabled," either gatekeeping or thinking they are being nice thanks to internalized ableism.

But I'm not disabled by my impairment, I'm disabled /by society/. It does me no harm and actually a lot of good to say that. @IceWolf @Argus

@Argus @ljwrites
I heard an example about this using stairs that really stuck with me.

There’s no physical reason we don’t build stairs such that each step is 1 meter high. That would still count as stairs, and you could climb them and get to buildings if you were athletic enough. They would just be less useful to most people.

The built environment is just that, built. It’s not that disabled people are “disabled” inherently, but that the environment around them wasn’t built to be useful for them the way that most stairs are built of such a height that ambulatory people find them useful.

@dorian
This is a great insight, but just a note of caution about this conception of "disability". I experience frequent states of anxiety and depression, sometimes crippling enough to disable me, in the sense of removing my ability to cope with day-to-day life. None of this, as far as I can tell, is caused by the design of the built environment. It's not my fault, but it is my problem.

@Argus @ljwrites

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