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Q: What is a disability?


What is a Disability?

How do I know if I have a disability?  Here are the common experiences most people with disabilities share:

  • Diverging from the typical mode of being or functioning in the following ways:

  • Physical or body (including chronic illness and the immunocompromised)

  • Cognitive or mind

  • Sensory (hearing sight, or other)

  • Emotional and mental health 

  • Or rare disease that does not neatly fit into any of the above

In addition to the above, you may also experience some or all of the following because of your disability:

  • Using adaptive techniques, skills, supports, tools, equipment, technology or people to overcome barriers

  • Employing community support, assistants, personal care workers or support from other others individuals or service animals

  • Believing that barriers are mitigated through awareness, acceptance, inclusion, community and education 

  • Living in an environment or using technology that was not designed with you in mind