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

a′ble·ist adj. & n.


discriminating against disabled or handicapped people
a person who discriminates against disabled or handicapped people
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On the blog Alex and Ania 'Splain You a Thing, Ania Onion Cebulla asks people to go for one month without using ableist language, which for those not aware, are words for physical or mental disabilities used as insults-including "lame," "dumb," "crazy," "retard," and more.
One such challenge to rethink Christian systems comes from disability theory, which exposes the ableist assumptions in theology that consecrate a norm constructed against differently abled persons; Christian disability theology envisions new symbols for God that rebuff conceptions of power modeled after a militarized ableist culture and fosters an understanding of power appropriate to a religion in which God is disfigured on the cross, in which God is even disabled.
Today, we would add, it also includes white supremacist fantasies of mastery over racial others, ableist fantasies of supremely and willfully capable action in a world organized for our benefit, and many other hegemonic fantasies besides.
When female thinness is read as variously signifying ambition, self-control, confidence, meanness, vanity, and health, these codes must be analyzed in terms of their classed, racialized, and ableist meanings, as well as their gendered implications.
The dominance of general education discourse and the state-mandated curriculum in this co-taught classroom reflects a larger ableist culture in which uniformity and standardization are privileged through current federal education legislation (NCLB, 2001).
He offers a means of thinking about inclusive education that first attends to the historical treatment of individuals with exceptionalities from Greco-Roman times to the current moment in the US, then explores the philosophical foundations of liberty and social justice in relation to the functionality of people with exceptionalities, and finally considers how these historical and philosophical issues can inform the implementation of inclusive education for individuals with exceptionalities wherein schools will not be allowed to "'pick and choose' who should be allowed to receive education in the regular classroom based on ill-founded and discriminatory ableist perspectives.
In particular, they share findings from a qualitative study that depicted biometric technologies as empirical examples of ableist ideas, practices and institutions.
However, like art curricula, the incorporation of a disability studies curriculum in schools, particularly one that opens a content of study addressing ableist discourses in our society and schools through art, may not be seen as essential (Eisner, 2009).
In an ableist, goal-driven world that treats dependency as hated subservience, noncontingent acts are deemed wasteful or expendable.
does a disservice to worldwide attitudes towards disabled people by validating the negative, ableist message of disability as a 'fate worse than death.
In this way, these structures were places of ex/inclusion (Sibley, 1995), which aimed to protect dominant (classist, ableist, heteronormative, racist, and sexist) social mores and roles of that particular time/place.