All You Need to Know About Transabled

all you should know about transabled

What is Transabled person, and what does it mean? 

Transability is a term used to describe people with a strong desire or need to transition from a state of physical ability to a physical disability. Transabled means people wishing to be disabled or seek voluntary disability acquisition for whatsoever reason or benefit.

Is transabled a mental illness? 

Transabled is not technically a mental illness but is an extreme choice made by people whose mental health is questioned by society. There is no ICD 10 Classification for this newly coined terminology. But it is also termed as ‘body identity integrity disorder.’ 

When was the term “transabled” coined, and what is the concept behind Transabled?

The term was coined by Sean O’Connor in 2004 to compare to the word transgender. It is a way of expressing one’s identity, similar to gender and sexuality.

What are the demands of the Transabled?

Transabled people wish to be disabled, which could mean self-harming or having unnecessary medical interventions. It is a controversial concept and is not accepted by many disability activists. Many see it as insulting to those disabled from birth or through an accident or illness.

Ethical concerns regarding Transabled:

The main ethical issue in transitioning to a disabled person is authenticity. Transabled people have a choice when it comes to dealing with disability, and this can be seen in Sean O’Connor’s experience of spending 98% of his time at home walking around due to his current partner not accepting his transability, and the lack of financial ability to have a fully accessible home.

What are the Pros and Cons of Transabled?

1) Pros:

  • It can provide an outlet for self-expression and identity formation. 
  • It can offer the opportunity to find a sense of belonging, community, and acceptance.
  • It can provide a sense of identity and purpose for those who don’t fit in with society’s norms.

2) Cons:

  • It can be seen as insulting and offensive to those who are disabled from birth or through an accident or illness. 
  • It can be dangerous, as it involves self-harming or having unnecessary medical interventions.
  • It is not accepted by many disability activists and organizations.

Is transabled a real thing, and how can one claim himself or herself a transabled?

To be considered transabled, individuals must prove that the need to transition to a disabled identity is not just a passing phase but something they have felt for an extended period. It is important to remember that this is a personal choice and that there is no right or wrong way to go about it. It is also essential to understand that transitioning to a disabled identity is not the same as transitioning to another gender identity.

Is Transabled person’s status legal?

Transability has yet to be legalized, but some countries have made steps toward recognizing it as a real identity. In other countries, such as the United States, there has not been as much progress in recognizing transability as a real identity. No federal law explicitly grants rights to transabled individuals, and there are no official policies for transabled individuals. However, some states and cities have taken steps to provide fundamental rights and protections for transabled individuals. Additionally, several nonprofit organizations are dedicated to advocating for the rights of transabled individuals.

What implications will it have on the health and health sector budget? 

The Complicated Issue of Transableism:

There have been some efforts to raise awareness of transability and to push for its acceptance. Organizations such as the Transabled Rights Movement and the Transabled Support Network are working to promote transability and to provide support to those who identify as transabled or suffering from transableism.

The implications of transableism on health and the health sector budget could be significant. Transabled individuals may require additional medical care, such as surgeries and other treatments, which would increase healthcare costs. Additionally, there could be an increased demand for social services, such as counseling and therapy, for individuals transitioning to a disabled identity.

Impact of transableism/ transabiled on economy: 

Transability does not necessarily doom the economy. In fact, it could potentially help to create more opportunities for disabled individuals, as well as create more jobs for those who provide services to transabled individuals. Moreover, transabled individuals may be able to contribute to the economy and society in ways that were not previously possible, such as through the creation of artwork or other creative endeavors.

It is important to note, however, that the economic implications of transability are still largely unknown and that more research is needed to accurately assess its potential impact.

Won’t transabled disturb and disfavor the sentiments of people with disabilities, and will the moral and ethical values allow such practice?

Disturbed sentiments: 

There is some concern that the acceptance of transability could potentially disfavor those with disabilities, as it could be seen as an insult to their experiences. Negative reactions to transability are not only rooted in forms of ableism that target disabled people but also in three other dominant systems: sexism, heteronormativity, and classism/neoliberalism.

Moral and ethical debate:

Additionally, there is a moral and ethical debate surrounding transability, as some argue that it is wrong to desire to be disabled and that it should not be legitimized.

The impact that transability could have on designated budgets and quotas for those with disabilities is still uncertain, as the issue is relatively new and is not widely accepted. It is possible that transabled individuals could be counted towards quotas for those with disabilities, but that is not currently the case. Additionally, it is unclear what the financial impact of transability would be, as it could require additional healthcare services and social services for those transitioning to a disabled identity.

More about transabled community:

The transabled community is a relatively new and growing community, and more research is needed to understand their needs and experiences. However, there are a few key points to understand about the transabled community:

  • Transabled individuals are those who identify as disabled even though they are not physically disabled or have no visible disability. 
  • Transabled individuals may pursue medical treatments or surgeries to transition to a disabled identity. 
  • Transabled individuals face many of the same challenges as those with physical disabilities, such as discrimination and stigma.
  • Transabled individuals are still fighting for acceptance and legal rights, as they are often not recognized or protected under existing laws. 
  • The transabled community is diverse and includes those who identify as transabled due to a physical disability, mental illness, or chronic illness.
  • Transabled individuals are often part of the LGBTQ+ community and may experience additional challenges due to their identities.
  • There are a number of organizations and initiatives dedicated to advocating for the rights of transabled individuals.

What is the agenda of all trans communities around the globe?

Are they a global threat to moral, ethical, and cultural values and norms?

No, not all trans communities have the same agenda. Each trans community has different needs and goals, and different organizations may focus on addressing various issues. For example, some organizations may focus on advocating for rights and acceptance, while others may focus on providing support and resources for the trans community. Additionally, different trans communities may have different opinions on specific topics, such as medical treatments for a disabled identity. As a result, it is essential to recognize that not all trans communities have the same agenda and that different organizations may have different approaches to addressing the needs of their communities.


Recently coined yet, transableism is an important event that was hidden and mysterious previously and was not even thought. Like many other issues, this is also a result of some psychological sicknesses tried to normalize. 

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Asad Arora
Asad Arora
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