Diversity and Intersectionality in the Disability Community

It’s common to look at the DEIB world as a set of isolated communities: LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and Persons with Disabilities (PwD), and more. Although these boxes can be useful when it comes to structuring DEIB programs and initiatives, they often restrict our perspective of the diversity that exists within each of these groups.

The PwD community is perhaps the most diverse and complex of globally historically underrepresented groups. This is partially due to the broad spectrum of disabilities that exist and to the combination of other oppression markers that affect the individuals that make up the community.

Understanding the importance of intersectionality can lead us to ask ourselves who is left behind, why, and under what circumstances. In this short guide, we'll explore some practical applications of intersectionality within the PwD community. We will briefly go through different intersections and take a look at some of their developments, to help you create more inclusive solutions within your organization and in your life.

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Topics Covered Include

  • Age and disability
  • Class and disability
  • LGBTQIA+ and disability
  • Race and disability
  • Key takeaways, references, and further reading
  • And more!
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