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The Journey from Shame to Disability Pride

Published: 2021-07-13 - Updated: 2021-08-08
Author: Michael Sugarman MSW | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)

Synopsis: Using themes from psychosocial applications: positive re-framing, disability acceptance, and disability pride help people with disabilities move from a negative self-concept toward a liberating self-image. Our journeys are not linear. We progress and regress. We may go through the same phase multiple times and/or different phases simultaneously. Disability pride is important for people with disabilities, allowing us to tell our stories and be visible in the community. The Journey from Shame to Disability Pride (below) describes the phases people with disabilities experience.

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No one goes to sleep with a lifetime of negative self-talk and wakes up with a sense of pride in their identity. Moving from shame to coming out and from internalized pain to pride are not simple transformations.

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Using themes from psychosocial applications: positive re-framing, disability acceptance, and disability pride help people with disabilities move from a negative self-concept toward a liberating self-image.

Positive re-framing involves thinking about a negative or challenging situation in a positive way(1). Disability acceptance requires change in one's value system. It allows people to accept the reality of their disability. Disability pride is important for people with disabilities, allowing us to tell our stories and be visible in the community.

The Journey from Shame to Disability Pride (below) describes the phases people with disabilities experience.

The Journey from Shame to Disability Pride infographic.
The Journey from Shame to Disability Pride infographic.

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Our journeys are not linear. We progress and regress. We may go through the same phase multiple times and/or different phases simultaneously. These phases can include:

Resources:

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Cite This Page (APA): Michael Sugarman MSW. (2021, July 13). The Journey from Shame to Disability Pride. Disabled World. Retrieved September 23, 2021 from www.disabled-world.com/disability/publications/shame-to-pride.php