Physical Disabilities, People With

Social scientists have only recently begun to understand the intersectionality of trans and disabled identities. Considered separately, each population experiences the impact of significant disparity in access to resources. The intersection of these identities illuminates individual, interpersonal, and systemic manifestations of oppression and resiliency. This entry examines trans–disabled identity and its evolution, identifies risks experienced by trans–disabled people, discusses the resiliencies present across identities, and offers recommendations.

The Medical Model and Trans–Disability

The medical model defines disability as individual functioning within a norm of ability, followed by the assessment of illness and the intervention to cure or restore ability. The medical model of trans identities seeks to align gender identity, gender presentation, and gender role behavior toward an identified gender norm, enforcing a binary model of gender ...

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