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

a′ble·ist adj. & n.
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(Sociology) discrimination against disabled or handicapped people
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(ˈeɪ bəˌlɪz əm)
discrimination against disabled people.
a′ble•ist, n.
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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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This bias is known as 'ableism' and the findings suggest that this behaviour bolsters with age.
And the idea of survivorhood as solely an unfortunate condition to cure is an idea with deep roots in ableism.
The intersectional progressive says, in effect: "We must fight racism, and sexism, and homophobia, and transphobia, and the Trump administration's immigration policies, and the wealthy, and global warming, and anti-Muslim bigotry, and ableism, etc." There are millions of people, though, who want to fight some of these things but not others--and if intersectionality requires them to commit to every single cause at once, they simply won't.
In this section, I will compare how racism and sexism could coincide with ableism. I will provide the case of Black women being discriminated against by their skin and by their sex.
'Confronting Our Ableism', Striving for Disability Equity, 17 May 2016, <>, accessed 24 April 2019.
that might demonstrate racism, sexism, ableism, classism, heterosexism,
Why not call it a variation?" The doctor is flummoxed and herein lies the crux of many deaf people's argument against ableism. Sally's life has been full of goodness and creativity, but her genes are deemed "mutations," and she is therefore a mutant.
Still, many educators, administrators, and institutions persist in the belief that outmoded canonical curricula, accompanied by lip service to a diversity mission, is adequate to prepare students to enter a professional theatre that is being economically driven to acknowledge racial, gender, and economic disparities on- and offstage as well as homophobia, ableism, and other forms of discrimination.
* To provide additional funding to enable long-term awareness campaigns on sexual harassment, racism, anti-Semitism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia.
"Racism, sexism, sexually explicit descriptions, ableism, threats of sexual assault, and homophobia.
We were among the first to come up with race, class, age and ableism analyses--but we often wielded our insights like bludgeons.