Disability History, Culture, and Community
Learn about disability identity.
Learn about disability identity.
Disability is part of diversity, some of the infinite threads woven through the fabric of our world. Every person’s experience of disability is unique and belongs only to them, but for so many of the more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the globe, disability is not considered something that needs to be “fixed,” “cured,” or “eliminated,” but rather it’s celebrated as an identity–part of what makes a person who they are. As you build up your knowledge base about disability, it’s key to remember that disability can intersect with any and all other identities. It is one facet of a whole individual.
To begin your learning journey about disability, we encourage you to first familiarize yourself with what the term itself means and some of the frameworks through which society perceives it. Part of this includes becoming more aware of how we think and talk about disability, as well as ensuring the language we use is affirming of disability and disabled people. Then, take some time to look back on landmark laws and powerful movement work that has shaped and continues to shape disability rights.
It’s also necessary to learn about discrimination toward people with disabilities, known as ableism, and its impact at both individual and systemic levels. The resources in this section will offer insight on how to actively support efforts to dismantle society’s long-held ableist ideas. And as you work your way through this topic, we encourage you to consider how your work can uplift and amplify the disability community and their work both within and beyond philanthropy.
This introductory resource explains how disability is defined and the “models of disability,” or frameworks, that are used to understand…View Resource
This introductory resource provides a working definition of ableism along with information to help reflect on ableist practices. Ableism is…View Resource
Disability rights are universal civil rights and human rights, but these rights are not yet fully realized by society. Though…View Resource
In this resource, you’ll learn about the origin and definition of disability justice as a movement and framework. Disability Justice…View Resource
This resource seeks to provide tips on rights-affirming language and narratives preferred by people with disabilities. It is a starting…View Resource
Emily Ladau, Digital Content & Community Manager for the Disability & Philanthropy Forum, interviews Julie Petty, Project Trainer, Initiatives on…View Video
This resource offers insights and resources to better understand the strong connections between racism and ableism. For our work to…View Resource
When it comes to health care, significant disparities abound between people with disabilities and non-disabled people. From physical barriers and…View Resource
People with disabilities are both the most vulnerable and the most overlooked population when it comes to addressing the effects…View Resource
By Sarah Napoli, Project Officer, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Open Society Foundations, July 2020 When the pandemic hit the globe…View Resource
In this webinar, hosted on July 14, 2020 by the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy, Adela Ruiz from…View Resource
Written works on disability have shaped the Disability Rights Movement. These selections are helpful and insightful starting points.View Resource
Celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by learning about the history and intent of the…View Resource
In this resource, you’ll learn about key disability rights laws. While meaningful disability inclusion is about more than just complying…View Resource
This resource addresses the gaps in disability representation in mainstream media and addresses ways to fill these gaps. Road Map…View Resource
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, philanthropy must further the commitment to ensure the disability community is not left behind.View Resource
This resource offers several starting points for connecting with the disability community on social media. Please note: This list is…View Resource
As part of their “Conversations With…” speaker series, which explores high-profile topics with some of today’s most strategic thinkers in…View Resource