The banner for the Disability Beats section, with the word "Disability" overlaid on an Escher-style building with staircases going all over the place contrary to expected perspective.

“Disable” is an active verb, and disability describes the social and environmental barriers that prevent access just as much as an individual body’s physical reality.

It’s not just a health problem–it reflects the interaction between the features of a person’s body and the features of the society in which they live.

Kenny Fries asks: What will it take to include disability in our future debates about diversity?

Wheelchairs on a plane.

Inaccessible Airways

Airlines deny disabled travelers their independence with patchwork policies and plain negligence

Silhouettes of people behind fence panels.

Crossing the Border While Disabled

For immigrants and refugees with disabilities, discrimination is law

A woman using crutches dances on teacups.

Inclusive Art Makes Space For All Bodies

Claire Cunningham’s “Guide Gods” puts disability and religion in conversation through dance

Photos of people with speech bubbles filled with punctuation marks.

How Everyday Language Harms People with Disabilities

The connection between physical traits and individual worth lives in our popular lexicon

A Greek statue of a woman without arms.

The Stories We Tell About Disability

What will it take to include disability in our future debates about diversity?

Disability Beat logo featuring many sets of staircases

How We Get To Next was a magazine that explored the future of science, technology, and culture from 2014 to 2019.