Ableism to Disability Pride: Transformation Model
Author: Michael Sugarman MSW - Phred Swain-Sugarman Peer Advocate | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
Synopsis: Moving from ableism to disability pride is not simple as the world does not shift from discrimination to inclusivity overnight but with perseverance and courage we can move toward personal and systemic change. The American Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination in employment, transportation, public accommodations and government programs. Disability Pride celebrates the disability rights and independent living movements, culture, diversity and encourage recognition by the broader community.
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Moving from ableism to disability pride is not simple.The world does not miraculously shift from discrimination to inclusivity overnight. Ableism to Disability Pride: Transformation Model recognizes that our journeys are not linear; we progress and regress. We may go through the same phase multiple times and/or different phases simultaneously. However, with perseverance and courage we can move toward personal and systemic change.
Common Reactions to Ableism
- Shame: Experience pain and lack of belonging resulting from societal norms and values.
- Feeling fear and anxiety: Worry about abilities and skills.
- Sadness: Defines self-worth.
- Low self esteem: Question competence.
Paths to Transformation
- The American Disabilities Act (ADA): Prohibits discrimination in employment, transportation, public accommodations and government programs.
- Radical Acceptance: Accept who you are as you are.
- Community: Experience a common bond with others.
- Support: Create safe spaces with therapists, families, peers, employment resource group and allies.
- Clinical Tools: Empower and develop skills to be effective participant in life.
- Self-Care: Take actions that support physical, self-compassion and emotional well-being.
- Activism: Engage in transforming political, social and cultural norms.
- Awareness: Raise consciousness about bias.
- Inclusivity: Provide same rights and accessibility for all and create environments that are just.
- Self-Pride: Accept whole self, including disability, rather than feeling it's a personal tragedy and cultivate a positive identity.
- Disability Pride: Celebrate the disability rights and independent living movements, culture, diversity and encourage recognition by the broader community.
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Cite This Page (APA): Michael Sugarman MSW - Phred Swain-Sugarman Peer Advocate. (2021, July 5). Ableism to Disability Pride: Transformation Model. Disabled World. Retrieved May 22, 2022 from www.disabled-world.com/disability/publications/ableism-pride.php