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Ableism 101: What it is, what it looks like, and what we can do to to fix it

As buzzwords like social justice, equity, and inclusion permeate our collective consciousness, it’s essential for advocates of progress to remember another ‘ism,’ one that is frequently left out of conversations. 

Ableism. 

The world wasn’t built with people with disabilities in mind, and because of that, the world we live in is inherently “ableist.” 

So…what is ableism?

Ableism is the discrimination of and social prejudice against people with disabilities based on the belief that typical abilities are superior. At its heart, ableism is rooted in the assumption that disabled people require ‘fixing’ and defines people by their disability. Like racism and sexism, ableism classifies entire groups of people as ‘less than,’ and includes harmful stereotypes, misconceptions, and generalizations of people with disabilities.

https://www.accessliving.org/newsroom/blog/ableism-101/

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