Sexism and Racism, Why Not Ableism?: Calling for a Cultural Shift in the Approach to Disability Discrimination
Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 35, pp. 3-8, 2009
Posted: 18 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 7, 2011
Sex and racial discrimination have been labeled as sexism and racism respectively. These descriptors are well-known and accepted. This article analyses why disability discrimination does not have a similar label and argues that the term 'ableism' should be adopted as a descriptor for disability discrimination. This article applies legal and cultural examples to articulate the argument that ableism should be adopted as an appropriate descriptor.
Keywords: Disability discrimination
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