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Day 13: Ableism

Ableism is the discrimination of people with disabilities based on the belief that typical abilities are superior. The concept of ableism is rooted in the assumption that disabled people need to be ‘fixed’  and defines people by their disability. 

Similar to racism and sexism, ableism classifies entire groups of people as ‘less than,’ and includes harmful stereotypes, misconceptions, and generalizations of people with disabilities.


This article written by disability rights advocate Leah Smith relates how she lives with a disability in her day-to-day life. 

This webpage explores what ableist language is and the impact of using it. It encourages us to be aware of the language we use when talking to people with different abilities. 

This is an NPR podcast that talks about inequities in the workplace for people with disabilities.

Reflection and Response

Do you think ableism only refers to physical abilities? Why or why not?

What are some things you think should be done about ableism in our communities?