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What is Ableism?
"Ableism describes prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory behaviors toward persons with a disability. Definitions of ableism hinge on one's understanding of normal ability and the rights and benefits afforded to persons deemed normal. Some persons believe it is ableism that prevents disabled people from participating in the social fabric of their communities, rather than impairments in physical, mental, or emotional ability. Ableism includes attitudes and behaviors emanating from individuals, communities, and institutions as well as from physical and social environments." -- Levi, S. J. (2006). Ableism. In G. L. Albrecht (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Disability (Vol. 1, pp. 1-4). Retrieved from SAGE Reference.
Literature on Ableism
Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education by
Publication Date: 2017
"Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center."
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