Ability Status

Social Justice Learning

Today's Lesson: Ability Status

One identity that is often left out of the social justice conversation—and sometimes within the social justice movements themselves—are those with varying degrees of mental, emotional, and physical abilities. This is known as ableism. Ableism is the discrimination of and social prejudice against people with perceived mental, emotional, and physical disabilities based on the belief that typical abilities are superior. This belief can lead to the assumption or feeling that certain people need “fixing.” Throughout the spring, our learning space will be focusing on the experiences of those with various abilities, and how we can all gain a better understanding of their need for more inclusion.

Learning Levels

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