Friday, August 9, 2013

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Reading over my post yesterday about use of the word "handicapped", I'm starting to think that disability awareness isn't a binary, aware / not aware thing. There are levels of disability awareness, each of which represents a step in a positive direction. The problem is that if you're at the "Advanced" level, then people at "Intermediate" and "Beginner" levels seem like they're ableist, when really they're just not as far along in their understanding.

I also think that the successive levels of disability awareness aren't just a matter of each step being more of what came before. I think that the focus and even the philosophies shift, and sometimes reverse with each step from Beginner to Intermediate, and from Intermediate to Advanced disability awareness.

What the hell am I talking about? We need examples to test out this argument and see if it holds water. Stay tuned.

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