What is Disability Justice?

Disability Justice is the cross disability (sensory, intellectual, mental health/psychiatric, neurodiversity, physical/mobility, learning, etc.) framework that values access, self-determination and an expectation of difference. An expectation of difference means that we expect difference in disability, identity and culture. To be included and part of society is about being able to be our “whole self” (all of our identities together). 


Disability Justice redefines our society’s norms and beliefs about productivity, attractiveness and quality of life. It challenges what we consider to be the “norm,” and addressed our deep fears of vulnerability by practicing interdependence (or depending on others and letting others depend on us).  We work with other oppressed groups to educate ourselves, create solutions and community power that can serve everyone. – Naomi Ortiz (2014)