Disability and disability rights

Using at least 2 of the required resources this week,

In this week’s materials, we’re exploring key concepts associated with disability and disability rights. Something you may have noticed as we have examined different kinds of diversity in this course is that in all these categories, there is an assumption about which state is “normal.” Last week, we saw that many white people don’t necessarily see themselves as having a race, because white is the “normal” category. Because of this, the experiences of Black, Latinx, Asian, Native American, and other non-white people can be invisible. In a similar way, our culture views non-disabled people as normal and may make the experiences of disabled people invisible. I encourage you to consider this idea as you work through the material this week.

Using at least 2 of the required resources this week, and 350 words or more not including learning resources please answer the following questions:

  • In one of the week’s readings, Davis (2015) argues that disability is often left out of discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Why do you think this might be?
  • What does the term “TAB” (temporarily able-bodied) mean in the context of disability studies? What does this term add to your understanding of disability?
  • How might the concepts of intersectionality and privilege relate to the experiences of people with disabilities? Please give at least two examples.

BEHS 220 Week 7 Required Resources


Adams, R., Reiss, B., & Serlin, D. (2015). Disability. In Keywords for Disability Studies, edited by R. Adams, B. Reiss, & D. Serlin. Pp. 5-11. http://ezproxy.umgc.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e025xna&AN=992496&site=eds-live&scope=site&profile=edsebook&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_5

Davis, L.J. (2015). Chapter 19: Diversity. In Keywords for Disability Studies, edited by R. Adams, B. Reiss, & D. Serlin. Pp. 61-64. http://ezproxy.umgc.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e025xna&AN=992496&site=eds-live&scope=site&profile=edsebook&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_61

Ridgway, S. (2013, March 5). 19 Examples of Ability Privilege. Everyday Feminism. https://everydayfeminism.com/2013/03/19-examples-of-ability-privilege/

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. (n.d.). People First Language. https://tcdd.texas.gov/resources/people-first-language/

Zayid, M. (2014, January). I got 99 problems … palsy is just one [Video]. TED Conferences. https://www.ted.com/talks/maysoon_zayid_i_got_99_problems_palsy_is_just_one

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The topic of disability is neglected when discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion mainly because of ignorance among people. Disability is not distinct as an identity category; thus, people are not knowledgeable enough to recognize this group of people. Davis (2015) argues that constitutional changes such as the Disabilities Act of 1990 focused only on the practices and abuses towards people with disabilities but did not address disabilities perception in relation to diversity. Disability can only be included in discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion when sources of information empowerment encourage conversations around disability and how other topics such as gender and race are prioritized. Furthermore, the idea of diversity tends to suppress the less known categories such as disabilities, crack addicts, and obese people. At the same time, it celebrates other groups such as race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity (Davis, 2015).

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Disability and disability rights