Understanding Ableism in Society
This chapter addresses how ableism relates to other kinds of biases, prejudices, and systems of discrimination. It explores issues of identity, positionality, and intersectionality, and takes on the question of how able-bodied privilege upholds and perpetuates our ideas about what is considered normal in society. It outlines how ableism operates at the individual, cultural, and institutional levels, and the differential concepts of bias, prejudice, discrimination, and accessibility. Authors discuss that the experience of disability and impairment are vastly varied. The chapter includes lists of books and multimedia resources, both for further professional development and for use in K–12 lesson planning or curriculum development. Teachers can choose from numerous activity ideas and reproducible worksheets for developing lessons and inquiries which allow learners to explore the nature of ableism in K–12 classrooms.