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10 Principles of Disability Justice

by Patty Berne and Sins Invalid

Disability Justice - A Working Draft

by Patty Berne

Definition: Disability Justice

Definition crafted based on Disability Activist Collective notes.

Edited 2014

Disability Justice Curricula

compiled by Project LETS


Our mission is to empower the Autistic, Neurodivergent, Chronically-ill, and Disabled communities through the principles of Disability Justice; to shift the narrative of disability through relationships, education, and advocacy; to disrupt systems that challenge access to employment, transportation, housing, mental health services, and food security; and to support self-determination and access, while cultivating belonging and joy.


The lived experiences of Autistic, Neurodivergent, Disabled, and Chronically-ill people are valid and legitimate positions of expertise.


All identities are varied, multi-faceted, and intersectional. We believe in honoring the complex interweaving of identities and addressing systems of oppression.


The misconceptions, stereotypes, and stigma associated with Autistic, Neurodivergent, Disabled, and Chronically-ill identities grow from ableist roots and result in discrimination, exclusion and oppression, and impact the economic stability, safety, access, and mental health of those who hold these identities.


All beings are interdependent. A person’s value is inherent in their existence, and not dependent upon measures of productivity, independence, and/or neuro-normative conformity.


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