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What is Ableism?

Ableism is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities. It encompasses attitudes, actions, and institutional practices that devalue and limit the potential of individuals with physical, intellectual, or psychiatric disabilities. Ableism is often rooted in the assumption that disabled people need to be 'fixed' and that there is a 'normal' or 'standard' way of functioning. This perspective can lead to exclusion and marginalization of individuals with disabilities, denying them equal opportunities in society. It manifests in various ways, from inaccessible physical environments and lack of reasonable accommodations, to stereotypes and underrepresentation in media and culture. Challenging ableism involves recognizing these biases and barriers, and actively working towards inclusive practices and policies that respect and accommodate all forms of diversity.

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