Naming, Blaming and Claiming Ablism: The Lived Experiences of Lawyers and Advocates with Disabilities
Disability and Society, 29 8: 1234-1247, 2014
Posted: 27 Jun 2015
Date Written: 2014
The social model explains that different abilities are not the true cause of disablement. Ablist institutions and practices construct a certain level of ability as disability. How do people respond when they are being disabled by society? This study analyses how 28 advocates and lawyers with disabilities respond when they confront ablism. This study employs the naming, blaming and claiming model to map the conduct of 28 lawyers and advocates with disabilities from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Despite their empowered position, participants often did not claim for every act of ablism. This study analyses why participants did not claim. One of the primary issues raised by participants was a gap between the range of parties who caused disablement in society and the way in which anti-discrimination laws attributed duties.
JEL Classification: K00
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