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OER and Accessibility: What You Need to Know: Ableism

This guide shows you how to create and select Open Educational Resources (OER) that are accessible to all users.

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

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