1. Because people arrive at their disabilities in unique ways, what barriers would you expect in forming one, single coherent disability community identity?
2. Growing up with a learning disability can carry stigma that encourages some children to hide or feel shame about their disability identity. Similarly, soldiers returning with PTSD often report fear, anxiety, or shame about sharing their disability status with family and friends. How might the experience of a person with an obvious disability (like a physical disability, using a wheelchair, etc.) be different from a person whose disability is non-apparent (such as a learning disability or PTSD)?
3. An example of two different approaches to disability inclusion: There are two main advocacy groups for people who are blind – the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). And although both groups are comprised of people who are blind or have vision impairment, the groups disagree fundamentally about the principle of accessibility for blindness and low-vision. For example, paper money is usually inaccessible to people who are blind. NFB believes that US currency should be designed to be more accessible to the blind (such as creating different sized notes and adding notches on the side to indicate value). AFB believes that adapting to US currency (like using apps on smartphones to scan bills with the phone and then read aloud the value) better prepares people who are blind, such as if they traveled to another country. Which approach to disability accessibility appeals to you more and why?