What is Ableism and How Can You Be Anti-Ableist?
By Jill Feder
Published April 2, 2021
Ableism is perhaps the single most important disability-related keyword that exists besides the term “disability” itself. It represents one of the biggest obstacles that people with disabilities face, and yet the word is not very well-known outside the disability community. If you don’t know this word already, it is a must-have in your vocabulary.
What is ableism?
Ableism refers to the various forms of negative biases and discrimination that people can face because of their disability. According to the brilliant autistic activist Lydia X. Z. Brown, ableism describes the “oppression, prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination against disabled people on the basis of actual or presumed disability.” Ableism is everywhere, and nearly everyone with a disability has experienced it.
What does anti-autism ableism look like?
Ableism can be perpetrated by individuals, institutions, and systems alike. It comes in all shapes and forms, and people with different disabilities can experience it in different ways. The autism community is no exception. In order [...]