Disability terminology and the emergence of 'diffability' in Indonesia

Suharto, Suharto, Kuipers, Pim, and Dorsett, Pat (2016) Disability terminology and the emergence of 'diffability' in Indonesia. Disability and Society, 31 (5). pp. 693-712.

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The labelling of disabilities in Indonesian society and legislation has changed over time. More recently, the grassroots has used the term difabel to allude to the conceptualisation of ‘differently able’. The persistence of the grassroots in defending the term difabel, while in the UNCRPD ratification era the elites have turned to using disabilitas, alerts us to the power of labels and the role they play. This article provides a critique of the issue of language and the labelling of people with impairments and how it influences the paradigm of policy and service responses, and thereby the future role of differently able people. Given the background on the evolved disability terminology, this article suggests that difabel should also be adopted into broader English usage (i.e. ‘diffability’). Such a term provides a more positive characterisation of people with impairments and reminds us of the importance of emphasising abilities and acknowledging differences.

Item ID: 74218
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1360-0508
Keywords: Central Java, differently able, Disability, discrimination, Indonesia, terminology
Copyright Information: © 2016 informa UK limited, trading as taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 17 May 2022 23:11
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420318 People with disability @ 60%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440807 Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific @ 10%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440404 Political economy and social change @ 30%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230101 Ability and disability @ 60%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1303 Ethics > 130304 Social ethics @ 20%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230112 Social class and inequalities @ 20%
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