www.forbes.comWords Matter, And It’s Time To Explore The Meaning Of “Ableism.”As any disabled person will tell you, ableism, or something like it absolutely exists. Having a word to talk about it is essential to understanding it and fighting it.What types of coalitions can we build to be truly inclusive?
There are many things we can do to help people with disabilities feel more included. One way is by educating people in schools about disabilities. This can be done during health classes and teachers can incorporate lessons about disabilities so that people can become more aware of how this affects people. This will also help people hold less judgements and stereotypical beliefs about disabled people as well, as the author of the article mentions are things non-disabled people feel. This will also help people feel less awkward when interacting with disabled people as well which is another thing the author mentioned. Another way to create inclusivity is on a grander scale where the media is involved. I believe that people with disabilities should have more representation in film and media. Representation is always a good thing but is something many minorities don’t have enough of. In general, representation helps the viewers empathize with others and see different perspectives and points of view through the media they happen to be watching. With representation of disabled people, non-disabled people will stop viewing them as “other” or with a different lens and instead view people with disables as just another human individual who has their own personal battles like everyone else.
The article goes into detail about Ableism and its many definitions. The urban dictionary states “Ableism is the discrimination or prejudice against people who have disabilities. Ableism can take the form of ideas and assumptions, stereotypes, attitudes and practices, physical barriers in the environment, or larger scale oppression.” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2020/10/25/words-matter-and-its-time-to-explore-the-meaning-of-ableism/?sh=335a57e27162). While Wikipedia has a vastly different definition stating that “Ableism is discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities or who are perceived to have disabilities.” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2020/10/25/words-matter-and-its-time-to-explore-the-meaning-of-ableism/?sh=335a57e27162).
After drafting my paper on Systemic racism, I understand that it applies to everything and everyone. Especially Americans and humans with disabilities. Once I read the article from Forbes; it opened a wider spectrum that I did not know about when it came to people with disabilities. There are rules & laws put impact by government officials that permit them from living freely. The guardianship laws in place also tend to lead to miss treatment of the disabled, and severe neglect. Even putting them in homes and/or nursing homes is not the best idea. “Ableism is bad. It hurts people. But it should not shock us. We should be able to identify it and work against it with urgency, but without undue shame or anguish.” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2020/10/25/words-matter-and-its-time-to-explore-the-meaning-of-ableism/?sh=335a57e27162).
What is Ableism? "Ableism" refers to prejudice or discrimination towards individuals with impairments. Ideas and assumptions, biases, attitudes and behaviors, physical impediments in the environment, and larger-scale oppression can all be examples of Ableism. People with disabilities are stigmatized in society, and they are one of the last groups to have their equal rights acknowledged. People's lack of general understanding of disability and disabled people's needs is one of the critical factors for unfavorable attitudes toward disabled people. People with impairments are thought to be wrong, possessed by the devil, or punished for a previous transgression.
As a result, those with impairments were either abandoned, allowed to die, or tortured and killed. As a result, disabled people were kept away from family homes, mental hospitals, or schools for the blind and deaf, and if not concealed, they worked as circus performers. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s helped raise awareness of disabled people's rights. On the other hand, Ableism is still an issue in today's culture. Most individuals continue to treat disabled individuals as if they are not as intelligent or capable as non-disabled persons.
Possibly endemic of a larger paradigm shift on prejudiced groups, society's view on people with disabilities is that of victimhood. The current institutions that exist for those with disabilities are aimed to coddle and care for them. While better to have a social net than none at all, the current process is flawed. Means that seek to provide and care for them are often restrictive of their freedoms and segregate them from the general population. On the other hand there exists a group that deem disability, and those who possess them, a strain on society. They seek to remove the people altogether from the system, inherently dehumanizing them by removing the right to exist as any other person would. There is acknowledgement on personal biases towards those disabled, however these views are largely stemming from the institutions that inform this prejudice.
To tackle the issue requires the proliferation of the idea in modern discourse. Ableism needs to be used openly in order for change to occur. In doing so the struggles and problems that people with disabilities face become more clear to the general public and create a dialogue to discuses their issues, without being marginalized and silenced.
Again is but one part of a larger change in a progressive struggle. One in which being a minority is not an identity of victimhood, although they may struggle. But one in which a person, who may require the care demanded by being a human, is entitled to the rights and freedoms of anyone else.
The prejudice and societal bias toward persons with disabilities is known as ableism. It is founded on the idea that people with "normal" skills are superior. A bleism is based on the belief that disabled people ought to be fixed, and it labels people based on their disabilities.
Ableism is a term used to identify individuals who have certain disabilities and are deemed less capable than non-disabled individuals. Ableism encapsulates the very worst of what sustains individuals with disabilities, yet it may be challenging to articulate. It gives real-life values and perceptions a platform and content. Can be interpreted as a debating tactic used to ridicule others in one fell swoop for an offense that so many people actually can not see or accept occurs. It frequently brings the same or more complexity and discord to the disability conversation like it does consistency and intent.Concepts and perceptions, expectations, behaviors and practices, structural obstacles in the workplace, and bigger inequality may all be examples of ableism. It's always accidental, because most people have absolutely no idea how their comments or acts affect others. From the viewpoint of a person with a disability, they will claim it is unquestionably true. It is important to have a word that describes it in order to comprehend and combat it. Discrimination and social bias towards disabled people or others who are considered to also have disabilities are referred to as ableism. Any comment or change and challenges at a person with a disability that disparages or implies a lower status for the individual along with their disability is an illustration of ableism. Personal and structural ableism are two types of ableism.
Ableism is the discrimination and a social prejudice against people with disabilities with the belief that they are interior to people with "typical" abilities. Ableism assumes that disabled people need fixing and defines people by their disabilities. We all make mistakes when talking to each other or about one another so of course ableism is one of the times we can hurt someone accidently. This article sheds light on the importance of addressing injustices in all of its forms in order to achieve the desired equity. One step towards achieving this is creating a community that more inclusive and accessible for individuals with disabilities.
Ableism, like other 'isms', seeks to separate an oppressed class. This type of discrimination targets those with disabilities, as well as those who are perceived to be or behave differently amongst society. With this form of discrimination and oppression comes stereotypes, like thinking that people with disabilities need to be either coddled or ostracized. Other stereotypes as mentioned in the article include believing that all people diagnosed with Down's Syndrome and inherently happy, and those diagnosed with autism are unapproachable. These stereotypes lessen the person themselves to a generalized conception of how they act and subsequently how they should be treated, rather than allowing the person to get to be known for their respective personality traits. The coalitions that need to be created need to be centered on education. We must first educate ourselves on the different types of disabilities and learn how to properly interact with those that are disabled in ways that they can always feel comfortable and supported.
Ableism is a form of discrimination and like many other types of discrimination there are awful stereotypes. Lots of people have negative perceptions about disabled people, for example some people think disabled people are coddled and get unearned favors. The way to combat these negative opinions is to educate yourself. People who aren’t disabled should educate themselves on topics about ableism to be inclusive to everyone in society. Educating people, especially young people will help change society for the better. We treat people the way we want to be treated, with respect and dignity. We want to be judged on our competence and potential, not our physical attributes.