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A disability is understood as a physical, mental, or developmental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities. A disability is more than an impairment or physical restriction though nowadays; the definition of disability has broadened to include mental and emotional states in recent years. July 14th is a day dedicated to bringing awareness to disabilities of all kinds. The day was started by a UK non-profit.

As I have said in a previous journal for Purple Day, I am very passionate about creating bridges of understanding. If you were to meet me it wouldn't be outwardly obvious that I am considered a person with disabilities, but I have photosensitive epilepsy, ADD, OCD, ODD, and HFA (or Asperger's), to name but a few of my conditions. I'm not alone. Worldwide, 1 out of every 7 people experience disability in some way, shape, or form, and it is not always apparent to those around them (known as a hidden disability).



Raymond Antrobus - Have You Heard?

Hearing loss makes you really care
about the treatment of speech.
it makes connection more meaningful,
life more observational
but sometimes it feels like
language doesn't belong to you






embracelife - Trichotillomania
Trichotillomania by embracelife
the compulsive urge to pull out (and in some cases, eat) one's own hair leading to noticeable hair loss, distress,
and social or functional impairment.


Don't Dis This


Disability is diverse. Some health conditions associated with disability result in poor health and extensive health care needs, others do not. Whether or not the condition is immediately obvious is irrelevant, people with disabilities are being inhibited and restricted from carrying out their lives normally and this is the core of what a disability is, not the cause or its permanency.


The-Silver-Doe - i.luv.u
i.luv.u by The-Silver-Doe
American sign language for I love you.





Scartographer - Put Your Legs On
Put Your Legs On by Scartographer
Portrait of Moise Brutus, who lost three limbs in a motorcycle accident and is an active paracyclist looking to make the US men's Paralympic cycling team.



'I Am My Possibilities'


Experiencing a disability does not prevent anyone from enriching his or her life. Life can still be enjoyed, made fuller, more meaningful, or more rewarding through understanding one's disability and the terms with which one must live with it.


ales-kotnik - HOPE
HOPE by ales-kotnik
Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope




nattrozanska - Your Skin Under Mine
Your Skin Under Mine by nattrozanska
the slope of your spine
the arch of your back
the curve of your hip





doughboycafe - A Guide to Writing Combat-Related Mental Illness




The Glossary Project


The purpose of this journal is to introduce The Glossary Project, a project to educate and raise awareness on disability by sharing deviants' own written experiences about disability on deviantART. We will only list journals revolving around personal experiences, and highly discourage any form of self-diagnosing. We are here to support and educate, not spread false information and other misunderstandings.

As can be seen below, we only have a few entries for our glossary. This is where you come in. Share your story and experiences with disability you have in your personal journal and we'll put it up here to educate others.




A
anxiety -- Astralseed's Journal, savagebinn's Journal, greenleo94's Journal
asperger's syndrome -- R-Complex25's Journal
attention deficit disorder -- drilltooth's Journal

B
bipolar disorder -- Aeirmid's Journal
borderline personality disorder -- camelopardalisinblue's Journal

C
cerebral palsy -- EquestrianStrong's Journal
chronic fatigue syndrome -- MotleyDreams's Journal
chronic illness -- Synesthi's Journal, rosebfischer's Journal
chronic migraine -- MotleyDreams 's Journal

D
depression -- MotleyDreams's Journal, Aeirmid's Journal,andsunshine's Journal
diabetes -- Aeirmid's Journal, SelahDeNoctiluca's Journal
diabetes insipidus -- Gingersanps' Journal

E
epilepsy -- Nichrysalis's Journal, akkajess' Journal

F
fibromyalgia -- MotleyDreams's Journal

H
hearing impairment -- Synesthi's Journal
heart defect -- glassheart93's Journal
holoprosencephaly -- Gingersanps'Journal

I
inflammatory bowel disease -- ssensory' Journal

L
lupus -- Aurora9912's Journal

M
muscular dystrophy -- VAngelLJ's Journal

P
panic attacks -- Astralseed's Journal
PCOS -- SelahDeNoctiluca's Journal
phobias -- Astralseed's Journal
polymyositis -- Medoriko's Journal

R
reflex sympathetic dystrophy -- 1pen Journal

S
seizures -- Synesthi's Journal
social anxiety -- Synesthi's Journal
spina bifida -- ToxicRazor's Journal

T
trichotillomania -- RhynWilliams' Journal





Silver and Burgundy


Disability Awareness Ribbon Avatar

DAD Ribbon by Nichrysalis

Silver - Children and teens with disabilities
Burgundy - Adults with disabilites



Resources, Organizations and Groups


Disabled World
World Institute on Disability (WID)
World Association of Persons with Disabilities
World Health Organization
UN Enable Program
Disability History Museum

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A disability is understood as a physical, mental, or developmental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.

Take part in the Glossary Project to educate and raise awareness on disability by sharing your own written experiences about disability on deviantART. We will only list journals revolving around personal experiences, and highly discourage any self-diagnosing. We are here to support and educate, not spread false information and other misunderstandings.
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Customgirl12 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I have Aspergers! I think I have more on the glossary but I'll read the articles just to be sure. I'm glad SOMEONE actually CARES besides my family and supporting friends!
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:heart: I'm thinking about doing this article again. Would you be interested if I did?
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:icontheawkwardfangirl:
TheAwkwardFangirl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
ASDFGHJKL I have Asperger's and ADD. :)  It's always nice to see someone who cares. 
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Same :heart:
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:icontheawkwardfangirl:
TheAwkwardFangirl Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If this is still active, I'm working on a piece about pica. Can I submit it once it's done?
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kareynomer Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student
Is this still open? 2013 is quite a long time ago, but I do have a story to tell because it's a burden on my chest and I would like to let it go.
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, but it's nowhere near as active as it once was. I do intend to revive it one of these days but I can't promise as to when.
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:iconitaly-pastalove:
Italy-PastaLove Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
are you still doing the project!? 
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, it will be revived soon.
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:iconitaly-pastalove:
Italy-PastaLove Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh okay! ^^ i`m gonna wright 2 journals for it! ^^
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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SelahDeNoctiluca Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know it's a tad late. :P But I have something I'd like to add. fav.me/d6jigi7
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hey. Just wanted to let you know, I'm not ignoring this and haven't forgotten about it. I will add it here when I have a moment.
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SelahDeNoctiluca Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, sounds good. :) Thank you.
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's been added. Watch #Spreading-Awareness for some exciting news, by the way!
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SelahDeNoctiluca Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Okies! I've joined the group. :) Thank you so much!
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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EquestrianStrong Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have one id like to add. Cerebreal palsy, i have it and ive written about it before, but deleted the journal, i can happil make a new one :) 
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd be happy to add it. :)
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EquestrianStrong Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, mind noting me? Ill send the link and tell you some stuff abput it :)
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
note sent :P
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EquestrianStrong Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I sent one to you too, thanks:)
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:iconwdnest:
wdnest Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Writer
goldmedalart.deviantart.com/jo… Featured here thanks.
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Flower7052 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I asked this before but I never got a answer and thought I may as well try again, can I write about my dad's brain injury and can I write it in literature form not journal?  sorry if it seems like I'm nagging, I just wanted to know
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry I missed your question. You are more than welcome to do so.
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drilltooth Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I assume you still accept contributions? I have Asperger's syndrom and ADD, but I was thinking I'd write something small specifically on the subject of AD(H)D, as it seems to be missing from the list.
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I will be leaving this open for as long as it still gets contributions. :) Feel free to contribute to it.
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drilltooth Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Then this is my contribution: drilltooth.deviantart.com/jour...

I don't know if I've gotten the tone right, but I guess I'll leave that to your judgement.
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The tone is exactly what we were looking for in these journals. I've added it to the list. :)
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013   General Artist
Hi!

I have no disabilities, but my little sister (~Katie--Rose) has Down Syndrome. She lacks the self-awareness to understand the ways it makes her different, but as her sister I can understand her pretty well. Would it be helpful if I wrote a journal on her? :)

This is a great project, and it'll definitely help me understand what's out there and the ways disabilities can affect people's lives. Thank you for pulling it together! One question: is there a journal on high-functioning autism, or is it listed there by accident? :?
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, it would be very helpful. :)

There isn't unfortunately, the writer of the journal took it down. However the autism spectrum was recently reclassified, and Asperger's is referred to as High-Functioning Autism now, but many still believe there are some differences or simply prefer to refer to it as it's former name. See here: www.autism.org.uk/18325
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greenleo94 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
[link] Here is the journal I made for both social and generalized anxiety. Really any sort of anxiety. :P
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ssensory Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   Writer
Here's the journal I made for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: [link]
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SelahDeNoctiluca Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is a journal I made about diabetes: fav.me/d6dgq03
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azaleapoena Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
ty all for sharing, I havent been able to finish mine (yet)
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ssensory Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   Writer
I think I'll write a journal for IBD. It can be a disability for me when I have a flare up, but usually it's okay, so I'll just write it for the people who have it as a disability. :)
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glassheart93 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what a lovely idea you encouraged me to write my first journal ever :D it about having a heart defect. [link]
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's up there. :love: Thank you.
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glassheart93 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you <3
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used some parts of your journal to create mine because I couldn't find any better words to inspire the community the way you did with your journal. I was so moved and inspired after reading yours! :happycry:

Here's my participation with the mini contest fav.me/d6depv0
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:love: It's quite alright.
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R-Complex25 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student General Artist
My experiences here >[link]<
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Added. :love:
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R-Complex25 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student General Artist
:love: Glad I could be of service :D
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DarkAcey Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I noticed scizofrenia isn't on the list of journals. As someone who lives with a scizofrenic, I really hate the way people portray them. She isn't anything like The Joker or other dramatized cases, yet that's always what people think.

I'd write a journal about my experience living with her, but it's very personal and I wouldn't want to share it publicly. Perhaps I could note you my story, and you could post it with my name being anonymous?
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Do whatever is comfortable for you. :hug:
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kookers5707 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Great project! I have Dysautonomia, do you have anyone writing a journal post on that or another type of Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction?
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Not currently. :)
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Wonderful journal! Would love to try and participate. :)
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:iconnichrysalis:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:love: Contribute if you can.
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