Ableism is defined as stereotyping , negative attitudes, and discrimination toward people based on a physical or mental disability resulting in discrimination and/or prejudice.
Ableism is experienced by people in all walks
of life and at any point in a person's life. From newborn infants to adults
contemplating assisted suicide - people with disabilities in the United States
are generally viewed as incompetent and pitied with unwanted sympathy. Ableism
insinuates that people without disabilities are "normal" and those
with disabilities are somehow not equal, separating them from others. People
with disabilities are perceived solely by their disability and not their
People with disabilities deserve respect and acceptance, especially in a society that is built on diversity.
Ableism should no longer be tolerated.
There are ways to reduce its effects.