Ill Versus Disabled – Is There A Distinction Between The Two ?

Chronic Illness


From The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project.


Disabled activist, Stella Young recently wrote: ‘The social model tells us that we are far more disabled by inaccessible environments and hostile attitudes than we are by our physicality. My disability comes not from the fact that I’m unable to walk but from the presence of stairs.’

How true is this of people who are chronically ill? Accessibility is rarely the issue – we often have little energy to go out at all.

Hostile attitudes: yes, to an extent particularly if the people in our lives are not supportive – but how many people do we actually see?

Severely chronically ill people are not out there like many disabled people. Depending on the disability, many disabled people share much, much more with the well than we do.


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