By Natalie Bogdanski

If you know anyone who has a disability, you probably know the circumstances behind how they got the disability. Whether it was from birth, an accident, sports injury, or something else. You might be surprised to find out, though, that some people who are disabled have actually become disabled by choice, and they have a name for it: transabled.

Transabled people claim that, much like transgendered people, they are trapped in the wrong body. What’s different between transabled and transgendered people is that transabled people feel that the body they are supposed to have should have some kind of physical disability or ailment.

If you’d like to read more about it, here’s the scoop.

Alexandre Baril, a professor who has previously taught feminist, gender and sexuality studies, defines transability as “the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment.”


Transability is a term which able-bodied individuals who seek physical ailment use to classify themselves.

Transabled people desire to obtain some sort of disability. These disabilities can range anywhere from paralysis to limb amputation.

Transability is directly related to Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID). It is also commonly referred to as Amputee Identity Disorder.

BIID is a psychological disorder in which a healthy person feels that they are meant to be disabled.

People who have this psychological disorder sometimes even physically harm themselves (i.e. blinding themselves) to be considered disabled.

Scientists believe that transabled people most likely suffer from a type of neurological problem which causes them to want to be disabled, while many others argue that it is a mental disorder.

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