What does the word, “disability” really mean? According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of disability generally means
- The condition of being disabled [or]
- Inability to pursue an occupation because of a physical or mental impairment.
Neither of these definitions described our No Boundaries Photo Project participants, all successful employees with “disabilities.” This week, the Disability.gov team interviewed and photographed eight participants, each representing diversity in age, sex, ethnicity, nature of disability and occupation. Some participants even traveled from New York City, Atlanta and Indianapolis to contribute to the project.
While every participant shared a different perspective, Jeffery M. summed up the “No Boundaries” philosophy best when he said, “Do not let other people’s misconceptions get in your way. What you have to do is prove them wrong. Once you do, people realize you are capable of anything.”
The Disability.gov team will be using the No Boundaries photographs and personal stories to educate employers and others about the skills and talents of people with disabilities. Starting in July, you can view the participants’ profiles by visiting Disability.Blog each week.
We hope you will share their stories (and your own) with friends, family members, employers and others so that together, we can change what it means to have a disability.