What Is Ableism? Here’s What You Need to Know About This Form of Discrimination

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Ableism starts with the attitude that people with disabilities are less than.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a landmark civil rights law from 1990 that prohibits discrimination against people based on disability. But discrimination against people with disabilities continues, and that discrimination is often referred to as ableism. Here’s what you should know about ableism, including why it exists, how it affects health and society, and how to help end it.

What is ableism?

Merriam-Webster defines ableism as “discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities.” This discrimination—which can be based on physical or mental abilities—happens in digital and in-person spaces and can occur on an individual or a systematic level. Designing a building or website without accessibility in mind, making fun of people with disabilities, not making reasonable accommodations so disabled people can access public spaces, and assuming that people with disabilities want or need to be “fixed” are a few examples of ableism.

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