A Definition of Disability
The prefix dis is often associated with something negative. It turns words like respectful or honest into disrespectful and dishonest. However, dis is also related to the Latin prefixes of bis and duo, both of which are related to the notion of twice or two ways.
When considered this way, the term disability sheds its negative connotation for one that is powerful:
Dis = Another Way of Doing and Being
Disabled = an ability to do or be something in another way
Disability = an ability to do or be in another way
“Disability does not need to be a dirty word. It does not need to be something of which to be embarrassed or ashamed. Rather, it holds the potential to a power to see and experience the world in a completely different way.” —Meriah Nicols
Adapted and used with permission from 3 Reasons to Say Disability Instead of Special Needs by Meriah Nicols available at https://www.meriahnichols.com/3-reasons-say-disability-instead-special-needs/