UAlberta disability ethics expert says ‘ableism’ contributes to the isolation of children with disabilities and a misunderstanding of a natural part of human experience.
You pick your child up at school and see her hanging out with a child with autism. Your reaction is: A) pride, B) confusion, C) concern, or D) pity. If you said yes to any of the above you could have ableism.
In schools, disability prejudice impacts opportunities for connection and learning for all children. Another word for it is “ableism”—a form of discrimination that favours able-bodied people. It has long permeated our culture through stereotypes—from hunchback movie villains to the idea of the “supercrip” that defies all odds.
Ableism contributes to the isolation of children with disabilities. It encourages students without disabilities to see relationships with their disabled peers as helper-helpee relationships, rather than reciprocal friendships. Worst of all, ableism teaches children early on that some lives are more wor...Read more from this release