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

a′ble·ist adj. & n.
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discriminating against disabled or handicapped people
a person who discriminates against disabled or handicapped people
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I bring up Baron-Cohen's Theory of Mind and "mindblindess" here not to consolidate an ableist power dynamic, but rather to show that it is the basis for the novel's portrayal of cognitive difference--its representation of an autist's mind--with reference to the computational models of cognition.
But what gets more complicated is when those desires bleed into the ableist model of cure.
In The Daily Beast, Kristen Lopez described the 2018 Marvel superhero film Ant-Man and the Wasp as "ableist"--that is, disparaging of people with disabilities--for including a character who suffers from chronic pain and is attempting to cure her condition.
A conventional ableist marginalizes people with disabilities because they are not "able to," they are not "normal," they are "different." Mission means "a special assignment given to an individual/group of people." Who are the ones involved in the missio Dei?
243); and subsequently arguing for the importance of challenging " racist, sexist, classist, ableist, and heterosexist norms" (p.
Elective sterilization enables women to permanently control their ability to be sexually active without the risk of pregnancy, a powerful assertion of autonomy that destabilizes patriarchal expectations for women to accommodate men's sexual pleasure, be monogamous, and maintain feminine "purity." These are all dominant cultural norms that control women and come linked with racist, classist, and ableist implications.
By recasting his monstrosity and framing it apart from traditionally "ableist" perspectives, we can realize that Caliban's physical form is empowering in its own way.
Following the textual analysis of the three memoirs, I offer a theoretical and ontological investigation of disability--to examine the psychic work of the ableist that creates the cultural imaginary, rather than to uncover the vulnerability of the disabled people and their "disabled psyche." I suggest that we have to change the way we relate to disability: to recognize it not as an external limitation but an internal as well as pre-existent division and to re-orient ourselves to the ontological truth that we are always already "disabled/otherized." Finally, I tackle the issue of how to deal with the disabled "other" and adopt the otherness.
Furthermore, the 'editing' of humans smacks of society's intolerance for imperfection and the ableist view that those who are born with disease or deformity are somewhat less worthy or less able to live out fulfilled and happy lives.
Oliveros stated that one of the primary goals of the series was to "bring artists without disabilities into contact with artists they might otherwise miss in an ableist culture" (p.
Noting that she herself had "never seen anyone come on to someone in a wheelchair before" (Hopkinson 96), her surprise re-produces a traditional, ableist stereotype that can only read people with disabilities as desexualized (see Shakespeare et al.