Strategies, theories, actions and practices that challenge and counter ableism, inequalities, prejudices and discrimination based on developmental, emotional, physical or psychiatric (dis)ability.

Ableism – “The pervasive system of discrimination and exclusion that oppresses people who are differently abled, including differences in mental, cognitive, emotional and/or physical abilities, through attitudes, actions or institutional policies”

“A form of discrimination or prejudice against individuals with physical, mental or developmental disabilities that is characterized by the belief that these individuals need to be fixed or cannot function as full members of society”

Castañeda, R., & Peters, M. L. (2000). Ableism. In M. Adams, W. J. Blumenfled, R. Castañeda, H. W. Hackman, M. L. Peters, & X. Zúñiga (Eds.), Readings for diversity and social justice (pp. 319–323). New York: Routledge.

Related terms

Acceptance, Binary Thinking, Discrimination (overt discrimination, unequal treatment, systematic discrimination), employment equity, equality, equity, inclusive education

CARED Collective Glossary – in Folder

Other terms (need definitions): disability, dis/ability, person first language, accommodation, accessibility, ADA

(Some definitions in: Inclusive Language Handbook )

Inspiration Porn:

Quick Start

Anti-ableism – where to start

Anti-ableism in the workplace

Ableism 101

4 ways ableism still affects people with disabilities

Languaging Disability – terminology and use

(Dis)ability : Progression of language in disability studies

Glossary of Ableism Terms

Medical model of speech therapy – an outdated framework

Keller, M. A. (2018). Is This Normal?


I am not your inspiration, thank you very much – Stella Young

I got 99 problems…palsy is just one – Maysoon Zayid

The discrimination you’ve never heard of – Alan Raskin

Purposeful steps away from ableism – Alyson Seale

Confronting Ableism – Brendan Campbell


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