A deeper definition of Ableism may include:
Ableism labels persons who are defined by their disabilities as inferior to a person without disabilities.
Ableism may contribute to inaccessibility to:
Generalizing and stereotyping people with disabilities is incredibly harmful. Often, people with disabilities are viewed as either tragic or inspirational. Examples of this include:
Demeaning words and phrases used to describe a person or group of people with disabilities may include:
Internalized Ableism is:
When people internalize the ideas and prejudices of society that see disability as “other,” undesirable, tragic, something to be shunned if not pitied. They may begin to hate who they are. They may begin to think they are less than human.
Lateral Ableism is:
When a person with a disability is ableist towards another person with a disability.
To know the definition of ableism is not enough. We must become anti-ableist. But how? We need to develop strategies that counter ableism. We need to act. We need to call it out every time we see it. Here are some ways to fight against ableism when you observe it:
When we fight ableism, we create a better, more just world for those living with disabilities. Learn more about legal rights of people with disabilities.