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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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The fact that so many on the Left fail to see this suggests a very deep ableism that needs serious reflection.
Although scientific racism and sexism have been well exposed and vilified in recent scholarship, what might be called scientific ableism is less thoroughly criticized.
This means that fatness intersects all other forms of oppression: racism, ableism, classism, sexism, homophobia just to name a few.
We are grateful to Smith, Foley, and Chaney (2008) for addressing three issues included in the RESPECTFUL counseling model (D'Andrea & Daniels, 2001): issues related to economic class, ableism, and heterosexism.
The rest of the text is comprised of curriculum designs for twenty-first century racism, white privilege and globalism; sexism, heterosexism, and transgender oppression; and religious oppression, classism, ableism and ageism.
Racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression are institutionalized in complex ways in feminist organizations.
Bryan in Quote/Unquote from the Summer 2003 issue of Herizons: Potential disability rights allies can start by recognizing that ableism is a construct, meaning that it is invented and maintained by them, their friends, their families, the media, religion and the state.
Suggested topics range from understanding the interlocking relationship between anti-capitalism and anti-oppression, recognizing and supporting aboriginal struggles, and dealing with racism, sexism, heterosexism and ableism.
This includes but is not limited to validating the adverse effects of racism, heterosexism, classism, ageism, ableism, and other forms of cultural oppression on clients' lives.
One of the ways that fat-phobia is legitimized is through ableism, and that's truly fucked up.
A theoretical "personal" emerges, a theoretical "she" who abides by feminist practice, is politically correct, experiences forms of oppression - male violence, racism, ableism - in particular ways, but does not oppress others.
Some unimpressed viewers may equate Molly's persistent devotion to recovery of function with an attitude toward disability that they see as clouded by ableism, an ingrained view that the able-bodied norm for doing anything physical is the "right" way and, therefore, should be the goal.