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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.
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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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"We would also expect an independent investigator to consider allegations of institutional disabilism and draw conclusions on this from the evidence they gathered."
These laws, as the author of this study rightly maintains, are a significant example of state-sponsored disabilism, for in denying many disabled people the right to make a living on the streets in lieu of conventional alternatives that were restricted by discrimination, they deepened the helplessness and dependence that were thought to he the lot of the disabled.
Mr Shippey, who represents the civil rights group Teesside Democracy Against "Disabilism", told the Gazette that last month the mayor's office invited him to a discussion with Mr Mallon on May 20.