What is Ableism?


Urban Dictionary: Ableism is the discrimination or prejudice against people who have disabilities. Ableism can take the form of ideas and assumptions, stereotypes, attitudes and practices, physical barriers in the environment, or larger scale oppression. It is oftentimes unintentional and most people are completely unaware of the impact of their words or actions.

Conservatorship has been called “legalized ableism,” where people with disabilities are legally stripped of all of their civil rights just because they have a disability.

Conservatorships present the contradiction of taking away all of someone’s rights in order to “protect” them.