Ableism

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Discrimination in favour of able-bodied people.

In a diversity & inclusion (D&I) context, beliefs or practices that rest on the assumption that being able-bodied is “normal” while other states of being need to be “fixed” or altered. This can result in devaluing or discriminating behaviour against people with physical, intellectual or psychiatric disabilities.

Institutionalised ableism: Organisational barriers (whether intentional or not) that that result in disparate treatment of people with disabilities.

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Ableism 101 - What it is, what it looks like, and how to become a better ally
Words Matter, And It’s Time To Explore The Meaning Of “Ableism.”