Disability vs. Impairment

Most people aren’t aware of the term “ablism” and don’t realize what life is like from the perspective of someone who has a physical impairment. Patty Berne and Stacey Milbern have an interesting conversation about the difference between having an “impairment” (physical) and a disability (societal). When provided with accessibility (universal design, adaptive devices, elimination of misperceptions and other barriers to opportunity), everything changes. A society that makes these changes in its systems shows it values the contributions of all of its members.

This video is part of the series No Body is Disposable, produced by Sins Invalid and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Video by Dean Spade and Hope Dector. Learn more about the series at http://bit.ly/nobodyisdisposable