The tag disability is currently synonymised with health-issues (see the full list of synonyms for
health-issues). Based on the list of tag synonyms, this synonym was created on 22 June 2019, so it doesn't look like this was a direct consequence of What to do with the mental-health tag from June 2015.
Both the tag synonymisation and some of the proposals in the June 2015 question appear to be based on a model of disability that treats disability as (1) primarily a medical issue and (2) a problem that belongs to the individual. In my area of work—digital accessibility—and in disability studies this is known as the medical model of disability. Based on the medical model, disability requires a "cure" or, if that is not feasible, adjustment or behavioural change in the individual as a surrogate "cure".
This model is now outdated and has been replaced with the social model of disability, which does not deny the impact of the impairment but does not seek to change the person either. According to the social model, "disability" refers "to the restrictions caused by society when it does not give equivalent attention and accommodation to the needs of individuals with impairments" (Wikipedia), to " the result of the interaction between people living with impairments and an environment filled with physical, attitudinal, communication and social barriers" (People with Disability Australia) or to "a socially created problem and a matter of the full integration of individuals into society" (Disabled World). (The medical and the social models are by no means the two only models of disability, but I hope that we can handle this tagging question without additional disability theory.)
What I am asking by requesting to undo the synonymisation between disability and health-issues is for Academia SE to leave behind the outdated medical model of disability. (I do not wish to imply that Academia SE defends or promotes the medical model, only that is seems to be implicit in these tag synonyms.)
- How do conferences work for deaf scientists?
- Teaching visual tools for visually impaired students?
- Does the Americans With Disabilities Act require accommodations for students whose disability prevents them from behaving ethically? (currently closed)
- How should I apply for readmission to a graduate program from which I had to withdraw due to misconduct caused by a disability?
- (probably) Trying to volunteer as a research assistant post-Master's and not having any success so far (currently closed)
- Oral Defense for Hearing Impaired Student
(This list is not intended to be exhaustive. There are a number of questions that are still tagged disability even though they were submitted after 22 June 2019, e.g. Does FERPA require parental notification of disability assessment? .)
Desynonymising disability is not a perfect solution. Strictly speaking, some of the above question would be more appropriately tagged accessibility, but that tag does not exist on this site and creating it might be harder to achieve here.
Update 05.09.2020: On second thought, inclusion or disability-inclusion (the latter is a term used by the CDC in the USA) may be a better tag than accessibility. It would definitely work well for questions such as How do conferences work for deaf scientists?, Teaching visual tools for visually impaired students? and Oral Defense for Hearing Impaired Student.