A value judgment based on the level of consciousness of any object, animate or inanimate. Typically, the “higher” the consciousness, the more valuable the object is deemed. For example, humans are considered (by most humans) to be of more worth than other animals like rats; in turn, all animals are considered more valuable than plants, which are considered more valuable than rocks, and so forth. A consciousist is one who subscribes to value judgments based on the level of consciousness.
Her priviliging of non-retarded children over retarded children was a form of consciousism, since she made value judgments based on the children's levels of consciousness.
Consciousism: The philosophy which says that the primary purpose of the existance of any conscious being, whether it be man, beast, machine, robot, or kangaroo, is to enjoy its consciousness for the maximum duration it can, and upon losing its consiousness, or at least physical awareness as it's known to the living or sentient, is to be remembered and thus gain an element of physically unconscious permanence.
Consciousism also states that consciousness and/or sentience is as real as anything that could possibly exist; it is not a mere illusion, since to perceive an illusion requires consiousness.
A believer in consciousism has little doubt that they exist and can interact with the world around them, and most likely has a desire to do so in a manner pleasing to them.