Ableism is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities. It is known by many names, including disability discriminationphysicalismhandicapism, and disability oppression. 
It is also sometimes known as disablism, although there is some dispute as to whether ableism and disablism are synonymous, and some people within disability rights circles find the latter term's use inaccurate.   

Disability Stereotypes

Famous People with Disabilities

American disability rights activist Judith Heumann

American disability rights activist Judith Heumann joins The Morning Show to talk about creating inclusive environments, and the power if inclusive thinking.

Helen Keller - Her Amazing Story

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.The story of how Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become known worldwide through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.

A prolific author, Keller was well traveled and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes.

Miracle Worker

The Helen Keller story - full video

In honor of National Disability Awareness Month

In honor of National Disability Awareness Month, this video was filmed by Brookhaven Lab's Alex Reben and produced by Battelle as one of several events/activities focused on increasing overall awareness to the barriers that individuals and families face with disabilities.

Disability, the Truth

Living with a disability has its tough times... but lots of lighter moments too. We interviewed people all over the country to hear their insights; these frank and funny conversations reveal the truth about disability and today we bring you the best moments from that series.

The way we design anything speaks of who we include & exclude as users or clients of our creations, it speaks of what we consider 'normal' & acceptable.

The disability movement has worked for centuries to communicate that all life is precious, whatever our abilities are, as all sorts of perspectives enrich the human experience, if we are able to include & learn from them.

People who are termed 'disabled' aren't in actual fact dis-abled by their physical characteristics, but disabled by society, disabled by ignorance & disabled by exclusion.   

Because it is very apparent that we can - & repeatedly do - adapt around all sorts of peculiar human wishes & characteristics, if there is any real will to do so.

If we can design massive structures just to accommodate football fans & events, we can design structures which make access to anywhere easy for people who need wheels or other implements to get around.   

If we can design sumptuous opera houses with sophisticated sound characteristics, & amazing museums to display all sorts of visual arts, we can ensure deaf people can hear & blind people can see, in more places & situations than they currently can.   

It is simply a matter of design, but design that must include re-designing our deepest inner mental structures, like what we consider a good life, a valuable human being, what we consider worthy to spend time & resources on, which quickly brings us to what we think Life & Evolution is all about.

Then it requires we deal with the inner (individual & collective) structures of oppression & prejudice (usually unconscious) that stop us actively designing in accord with our highest stated ethics, values & principles.

If we can accept that people come in all cultures and that a variety of cultures enriches all of our experience by widening the range of points of view & ways of seeing & thinking that we can access as humans, then we can also understand that the very different life experiences that various 'disabilities' lead to can also enrich our collective human experience, if we are open to that.

The disability rights movement points out that the fear of disability - which is both caused by & leads us to hide disabled people in separate institutions which prevent most able-bodied people to ever come into contact with them - is also a recognition that we are all 'disabled' at some points of our lives, like when we are very young or very old, when we fall ill or have any kind of accident.