"The primary problem lies in social attitudes, architectural barriers, and cultural conceptions of normalcy that value certain modes of being over others. In other words, the problem is ableism—a complex set of power relations and structural arrangements that privilege certain bodies or minds as normal while designating others as abnormal and that afford the “able” the right to exercise power and influence over those considered disabled."
- Rabbi Dr. Julia Watts-Belser, "God on Wheels: Disability and Jewish Feminist Theology" (Tikkun Magazine)
[T]he way that I have grown up understanding access, [it is] done as a form of charity, most often, or a form of guilt, or as sometimes even as this kind of reluctant obligation type of feeling to it. Or I’ve known it as assimilation, or as a way for people to get more privileges, to not necessarily build a just world but so that a few privileged disabled people can get a few more privilege crumbs to subsist on. And I think that with Disability Justice, we’re really saying, no actually, we want a different way and we don’t want access just for the sake of access – we don’t want disabled people only to have access to the same crappy system that everybody else has, we want to actually think about how we move towards what a just world would look like for us all, and what liberation really looks like.
- Mia Mingus (Disability Justice Activist)