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Main article: disability discrimination

Ableism is a term used to describe discrimination against people with disabilities, in favor of people who are able-bodied.

Advocates of the term argue that ableism is, like racism, and sexism, a reaction of mainstream society, on the derogatory physical or intellectual capacities, in combination with behavior of the disabled person. An ableist society treats able-bodied people as the standard of ‘normal living’ or 'superior'. This results in public and private places & services, education, and social work that are built to serve 'standard' people, without too much disability.

In an inclusive society, on the other hand, all products and services are fully accessible and usable for as much people as possible. An ableist society tends to isolation, where an inclusive society tends to integration or inclusion.

Organisations working against ableism

  • American Association of People with Disabilities [1]
  • Alliance for Technology Access [2]
  • Center for Disability Law and Policy [3]
  • Ragged Edge Online [4]

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