What is Ableism?

  • Ableism is a system of oppression that includes discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities & Disability Community.
    •  Their exclusions and the valuing of people and groups that do not have disabilities.
  • Ableism is all around us. It hides in politely worded conversations and the use of euphemism. Smothered patronizing tendencies in kind actions.

Ableism Examples

  • Institutional or Systemic Able
  • Interpersonal
  • Internalized

4 Large Scale Examples

  • Ableist language
  • In accessible design
  • Education discrimination
  • Employment discrimination

Different forms of Ableism

  • Hostile ableism
  • Benevolent ableism
  • Ambivalent ableism

What is Systemic Ableism?

  • Systemic or institutional ableism comprises the physical barriers, policies& laws,
  • Attitudes that exclude people with disabilities from full participation and equal opportunity in society

Parts of Systemic Ableism

  • Physical Barriers
  • Policies & Laws
  • Attitudinal Barriers

Physical Barriers

  • Buildings without Ramps
  • Elevators
  • Automatic or push door
  • Accessible parking
  • Inaccessible housing
  • Lack of transportation

Policies & Laws

  • Lack of Compliance with disability lays and legislation
  • Lack of laws
  • Lack of understanding of existing laws

Attitudinal Barriers

  • Stereotypes
  • Prejudice
  • Stigma


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