Ableism is “discrimination or prejudice against people with physical or mental disabilities.”

Ableism includes denial of accessibility, the inappropriate use of ableist slurs (for example, crazy, lame, cripple) and it can be seen in commonly believed myths about people with different disabilities.

Ableism includes using disabilities and illnesses as pejoratives, e.g. referring to ignorant people as ‘blind’, saying that the weather is ‘bipolar’.

We also see ableism in the way the world is made to cater to people who don’t have disabilities. Sometimes we have facilities to cater for disabled people, but it’s often not prioritized or the facilities are not adequate.

Ableism includes the dismissal of people with learning disabilities as ‘stupid’ or lazy. It also includes insensitivity towards people with mental illnesses (including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, eating disorders, addictions and other impulse disorders, psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, PTSD, etc.) – SF

Image by Michelle Avenant

Image by Michelle Avenant


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