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Why Identifying as Disabled Is a Complex and Personal Journey

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Unfortunately, becoming disabled is not as easy as someone coming along, handing you an accessible parking pass, and sending you on your way.

Becoming disabled is a complex, deeply personal journey that rarely has one tipping point. For chronic, complex, and mental illnesses, even with diagnoses — for those of us privileged enough to have access — you’re usually never told you’re disabled.

You’re told you have ADHD, PTSD, fibromyalgia, JIA — but no doctor comes along and says you are disabled. (Take that, medical model.) I hadn’t really considered how I became disabled until now.

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