As someone who sees things better when there is some structure, I decided to make a chart for this part. Also, I consider chronic medical conditions and the like as included in my category of “disabled”.
|I am covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act||I can walk without any assistive devices|
|I employ the use of college disability services||I can take the stairs instead of needing an elevator (except when my asthma or an old soccer injury acts up)|
|I need to take multiple medications daily||I can see with only the help of my prescription glasses|
|I have spent my spring (as well as other) breaks primarily going to various medical specialists||I have never had a serious surgical procedure that has required me to spend the night in the hospital|
|I see someone regularly to help me compensate for difficulties I have that are related to my diagnosis||I have never been admitted as an inpatient to the hospital|
|When people say “person”, I know that what they are envisioning differs from me in at least one way||When people see me, they don’t pity me based on the functioning of my body|
|People have felt bad for me purely because of a diagnosis||I am able to enter the main entrance of a building and not have to use a side entrance|
|I have been made to feel that somehow because of my accommodations, I was being given an unfair disadvantage||I can go to the doctor and the exam table has been created for a body like mine|
|I cannot take exams in the room with everyone else in the same amount of time||I can take an exam using the same exam copy that the rest of the class does|
|When filling out forms/applications I have to be careful about how much I disclose so that I won’t be denied merely because they assume I am not capable of certain functions because of that information||I can read the menu at a coffeeshop/restaurant in the format they have available and I can order and be understood by the people working there|
|Most systems in our society were created in a way that are not conducive to my abilities||Nobody describes me based upon my disability, “the deaf/blind/wheelchair/etc girl”|
|I have been denied accommodations that a a medical professional has requested for me because they weren’t “reasonable”||Most people who know me, do not realize there is anything different about me|
|I have had to do things in a way contrary to what comes naturally to me||People who do not know me, rarely realize there is something “wrong” with me|
|People don’t regularly ask me if I need “help” when I do things I’m capable of doing|
This is obviously not a complete list.
Also, it brings up the issue of able-bodied privilege.