How 2GI defines disability

Following the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2Gether-International defines disability as a visible or invisible condition that affects an individual’s major life activities.

Major life activities encompasses major bodily functions and includes but are not limited to:

  • Major Life Activities: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
  • Major Bodily Functions: functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

We also subscribe and adhere to the social model of disability, which recognizes systemic barriers, derogatory attitudes, and social exclusion, that make it difficult or, in some cases, impossible for individuals with disabilities to fully equally participate in society. For a disabled person to to fully be included attitudinal and environmental barriers in society must be broken down.