Ableism (see also Disability)

  • Mary E. Hunt
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Abstract

Ableism is the systemic discrimination against and exclusion of people who have physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities. It is a way to devalue and disregard people with disabilities. It is a set of normative assumptions about how bodies work (many work differently) that is codified in law, architecture, education, and virtually every other sphere of life based on often arbitrary values with regard to physical well-being. It is a form of oppression that, when combined with sexism and racism, for example, assures that women and people of color who are disabled will suffer disproportionately. Many institutions have offices and/or officers who handle these matters.

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