By Victoria Venable in The Mighty.
When people talk about the “isms” in society, racism and sexism are usually the first that come to mind. Later in the list comes ageism. Often forgotten and misunderstood, is ableism.
Ableism: Discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities.
In the last nine months of my life, I have thought a lot about ableism. A year ago, when I whole-heartedly identified myself as “able-bodied,” I never even considered the nuanced meanings of “disabled” or “abled.” I assumed that, like the other “isms” I’ve learned about or experienced, the categories were cut and dry. You were either “able-bodied” or you were “disabled.” I never imagined I would one day live in the grey area.
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