A few weeks ago a friend told me about the term ‘Dislabeled’ which kinda really summed up how I am feeling right now about the whole issue of disability. As so many people fight to be labelled disabled because of the benefits they can get from the label, I have always had the label of disability imposed on me whether I wanted it or not.
While I have never denied who I am as someone with cerebral palsy but I have always refused to be labelled as someone who can’t but I knew I am a person who can. And on this basis, saying I am Dislabled as a form of defiance really make sense. I am not sure the term will catch on but right now, it has some meaning to me.