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Discrimination or prejudice against people with disabilities, especially physical disabilities.

a′ble·ist adj. & n.


(Sociology) discrimination against disabled or handicapped people


(ˈeɪ bəˌlɪz əm)
discrimination against disabled people.
a′ble•ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ableism - discrimination in favor of the able-bodiedableism - discrimination in favor of the able-bodied
discrimination, favoritism, favouritism - unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice
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That wish may underwhelm the members of Communities United Collective, which organized the rally and boasts the busy agenda of combating "racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia (I had to look that one up), ageism, ableism, the militarization of our society and all forms of oppression.
Disability theorists also probe feminist thought to expose the ableism in its celebration of independence and the idealization of a certain form of female embodiment, which reinforces the idea of a "normal" female body.
Addressing classism, ableism, and heterosexism in counselor education.
Paul Flarpur, From Universal Exclusion to Universal Equality: Regulating Ableism in a Digital Age, 40 N.
Other panellists including Adil Ray, the star of BBC1's Citizen Khan, Beatrix Campbell and Simon Minty, were talking about racism, sexism and ableism respectively.
In making this move, Esmail not only reveals how (unconscious) ableism impedes accurate literary interpretation but also highlights the necessity of uncovering the history of disability and of re-viewing disability's place in culture and literature.
Her contribution highlights the typically underexplored ableism that is often present during street protests.
So sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, ableism, and the gigantic phobia against immigrants were just not possible around John Huggins.
Consider, for example, titles of other major works about diversity such as Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (Nieto & Bode, 2011) and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism, and Classism (Adams et al.
Nuanced formulations of postcolonial theory take into account such factors as race, gender, class, and ableism.
The union said in a statement: ''The Guild has a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment to include racism, ageism, sexism, ableism, and homophobia and transphobia.