Individually, each person explains within their own mind a "sort-of" definition, defense, delusion, or sometimes denial. A 4-D approach...! It was with some surprise and curiosity, that a new theory finally concluded EVERYONE at all times is on the "AUTISM" spectrum or scale. Apparently, some of us count, some turn figures around, some are non-social, etc. But, everyone is somewhere on the scale. However, these generalizations often further confuse the very real disability factor of autism, which is that autism is really only "felt" when a person becomes blocked or non-functioning.
Now, define: "What is non-functioning?" This is similar to: "What is abnormal?" Enough said - though it will continue forever like the carousel it is.
A "new" approach ------- How to define disability, is not in its definition, nor in its "why." It is in the HOW. This is a "way," an action, a journey, an interaction, a spiritual dimensional non-definition. Definitions are limiting. Disability, like Art and Space, is limitless - without boundaries.
It is simply a pattern..... ever present, ever-changing - evolving, yet persistent in its existence.
The root of the word "Art" merely means "connection." No one can define Art nor put it in a neat little box.
No one can define Disability - though the cages and the neat little box ultimately designed for it, still cannot "hold" disability and all it effects.
Disability colors outside the lines; shatters barriers; and stumps all who stay stuck in static thinking. And, just as Art does effect everyone - whether they realize it or not - Disability effects all, as well. Ultimately, no one has ever escaped the final "disabling event." No one makes it out of this life "alive."
And, that is the HOW. Life - its energy, its spiritual essence - remains.... in memory, in the very sub-atomic level of patterns connecting all in this organism we call Earth.
HOW .... is all. Breathe in the best - breathe out the rest.