It’s time to expand the definition of justice. Around the globe, people living with disabilities experience inequality in all its forms. To build a world where everyone is equal, we need to recognize how disability interconnects with the issues of social justice and follow the lead of the individuals at the center of the fight.

By centering intersectionality and the voices of those most marginalized—from people of color and queer to immigrants and indigenous people—disability justice encourages us to see how society’s diverse systems of oppression reinforce each other and affect every member of the disability community.

Ending inequality is a shared struggle, and only by working together will we remove the obstacles ahead and create a future of opportunity for all.

Leaders from across the disability community share their views on disability and why an intersectional approach is needed.

Featuring interviews and footage of Jane Akinyi, Rabia Belt, Lawrence Carter-Long, Rebecca Cokley, Dessa Cosma, Ryan Easterly, Claudia Gordon, Keri Gray, Sara Minkara, Maddy Ruvolo, and Alice Wong.

Special thanks to Detroit Disability Power for allowing us to use its Guiding Principles.

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No Equality Without Everyone

Two people in wheelchairs lead a protest with a banner that reads “Disabled People’s Liberation Front” with a crowd behind them.

As the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30, president Darren Walker reflects on the role of philanthropy, the intersections of social justice, and why integrating disability into the fight for equality is the only path forward.

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A Honduran man sits in front of a wooden house surrounded by an older woman and a child. There is a cane leaning against the wall behind the man.  Photo: Antonio Busiello

The Unknown Ally in the Fight for Environmental Justice

Extracting natural resources can exacerbate climate change, but it can also lead people to develop disabilities. Around the world, there are movements led by people with disabilities emerging, proving powerful partners in the fight to protect the planet. Connecting environmental justice to disability rights is vital, but it’s just beginning.

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The Camp That Ignited a Movement

How did Camp Jened in upstate New York inspire the political awakening that led to the Americans with Disabilities Act? Crip Camp creators Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht talk about the power of community at the camp—and at the heart of the disability rights movement—and its importance in the fight for justice.

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Judy Heumann in a wheelchair speaking into a microphone. She is wearing glasses and a coat with a Sign 504 sticker.

Activism Across Generations

Judy Heumann and Katherine Perez know the fight for justice doesn’t end with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The disability rights activists talk about how the movement has evolved, the barriers their community still faces, and why we need to understand that social justice is disability justice.

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Rebecca Cokely, a little person, sitting in a brown leather chair in conversation with Maysoon Zaiyd, an average-size person against the window of the city skyline. They are both smiling.

On the Road to Justice

Understanding disability is a multifaceted, ever-evolving process—and it requires listening, learning and recognizing the work needed. As a social justice foundation, we are committed to integrating inclusion and the values of disability justice into our work, but we have more to do.

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Where disability and social justice intersect

A History Lesson

Lawrence Carter-Long of Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, a Ford grantee, provides a short history on the fight for disability rights, illustrating its role in America’s larger movement for civil rights and how this community-led effort has been intersectional from the start.

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Our work on Disability

We believe integrating disability into the fight for justice is the only path to achieve equality. Learn more about our journey as we move beyond inclusion toward the values of disability justice.