There are many models to describe the different views of disability. The Medical Model focuses on fixing a disability. In the Charity Model, having a disability is something sad and pitied. The Social Model looks at changing the surrounding environment to meet needs that must be met. With the social model you are not trying to fix the person, so a community or organization can focus on inclusion, making sure that good policies and practices are really working.
There are many directions you can go to learn more about Disability Justice. It is an interesting field of study. You can also learn about activism in Disability History, and find out more about different ways to support activism today. A very important principal of Disability Justice is the way you are included in the community. Just know that inclusion is people accepted for being who they are, and that they have worth that is not measured by earning, buying or selling. Also, there is inclusion and interdependence when you can be a self-advocate knowing your allies see your disability as natural and beautiful.
Inclusion is more than just being in the community. You want to be in a welcoming accessible space. When you have a job, you want to be comfortable in the work environment that you are in. But, it is more than just being there and getting paid. It's important to be appreciated and know that you can make a contribution to the main goals of your job. It's being able to have a say in how to do your job. This would be true even if you are volunteering, or in school. Disability Justice is about the whole community meeting each other’s needs, and being led by the disabled people who know most about being oppressed and excluded.
If you look back at past blogs, you may have seen Stella Young in her video, talking about the wrong way of seeing disability. In other blogs, you may have read about language used in the disability community or learned about helpful resources. I hope this knowledge can help you to self-advocate. I also hope that you become inspired by the stories of pioneers in the disability movement like Ed Roberts. The work Justin Dart did to achieve the ADA was an important milestone of the Disability Rights movement. Before the vote on the ADA, many protests were held to show legislators the need for disability rights, and other legal issues including accessibility. The Capital Crawl was a well-known protest from that time. Protests about disability rights that were held pre-ADA led the way to post-ADA protests that were about enforcing rules. Today, protests can be used in support of Disability Justice issues. Inclusion is always important. It takes hard work and persistence to fight Ableism and to create the welcoming accessible spaces that everybody needs. I believe that good self-advocates and allies are ready for the challenge.