Social Justice Project – Ableism

>>Hello, my name is Latoya,
and today’s topic is “Ableism.” So what is Ableism? Ableism is prejudiced or discrimination
against people with disabilities in favor of people who are able-bodied. “Able-bodied” refers to those who have
what society deems as a normal lifestyle. Meaning they can walk, they can talk, they can
see, they can hear, etc. Another definition of Ableism is the cultural, institutional,
and individual set of practices and beliefs that assign inferior values to
people who have disabilities. These disabilities can include those
with developmental, emotional, physical, psychiatric, and learning disabilities. Therefore, society views
these individuals as inferior. Now I want to tell you a little bit
of the history related to Ableism. Since the dawn of man, people have
been born with a variety of abilities. Therefore, when someone was
born with a different ability, society already had their mind set that
they were not what they consider normal. One well-known example of
Ableism is the holocaust. Hitler and the Nazi’s killed not
only Jewish people at that time, but also those who were not
considered normal by society. This included people with disabilities. Throughout history, many doctors
worked with people with disabilities. At one time, doctors thought that people
who were disabled that became pregnant, would pass on their disability to their child. Therefore, oftentimes, the doctors
would sterilize those with disabilities. Oftentimes, people were unaware
that sterilization had occurred. Luckily, that practice is no longer in place. However, today there are still various
medical and surgical devices in place in hopes of making a disabled person what
they consider an able-bodied person. Today there are various laws in place
to protect those with disabilities. It protects them against both
discrimination and prejudiced. One major law that you may be familiar with
is the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is commonly referred to as the ADA. The ADA Law helps people with
disabilities in various settings, including the work environment
and school environment. This ensures accessibility and
their rights are protected. One example may be that when
you go into a job place, you need an interpreter for
communication access. This law protects those rights
for the use of an interpreter. I want you to take a moment to vision
a world in which able-bodied people and disabled people, experience a role reversal. That might that look like? As you may be aware, Walt Disney has
movies with many different characters, and some of which have disabilities. They have overcome those
barriers and been successful. Can you think of a few? In this next clip, we will watch a group as they
discuss and share about their own experiences. Let’s take a moment and watch.>>Growing up, I saw all of these negative
labels and they were placed all over me. That I was deaf, dumb, couldn’t talk,
I couldn’t hear, I couldn’t drive, couldn’t read, that I was stupid. And all of those labels sunk into me,
and since then I’ve always wondered if there’s something wrong with me.>>I grew up in a public school and I was
often picked on because my voice was strange.>>Ninety percent of deaf children
come from hearing families. And understand that sixty-nine
percent of those families with Deaf children don’t communicate
regularly in sign language with them. My family’s hearing, and I’m the only one
that’s deaf, and I have a cochlear implant, and I support the idea of a cochlear implant, but I don’t support my family’s
perspective on the Deaf community. They view the Deaf community as being inferior. It’s like they’ve put me
below white and black people. It’s as if I can’t get as good of a job as
them that I can’t equal– like their education. If you’re still interested and wanting some
more in-depth information about Ableism, or other people with disabilities, we have a list of several
different videos that you can watch.

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