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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.
The thought that people with disabilities are dependent and require the care and support of someone else is an example of ableism. Sometimes this comes out in the form of people helping people with disabilities without asking them if they need assistance (and of course waiting the affirmative response).

Another example would be in designing spaces, places, events, information, communication, and technology without considering the variety of needs of people with disabilities. For example, a building that is built to code can still be technically inaccessible if the ramp is around the back of the building or if there is no automatic door opener installed.
by PDXTrippin January 22, 2015
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Ableism is the idea that common everyday words should be considered offensive to persons with certain disabilities and disorders.
- Saying crazy is ableism and offensive to crazy people

- Saying dumb is ableism and offensive to mute people

- Saying walk is ableism and offensive to wheelchair-bound people
by FlitterOfTwitter December 09, 2013
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Ableism is the term created to purportedly shame those who assert the belief that disabled people are less capable than normal people. Despite this being demonstrably true, the creators of ableism would much rather sweep these logical differences under the rug, and usher in a new era of professional sports players with no legs, blind surgeons, and CEO's who can't even count to potato.

Ableism is an "-ism", much like racism or sexism, but refers to the differently abled instead of the differently skinned and the differently gendered. One who practices ableism (meaning they are offensive to the disabled) is an ableist.
Ableism does not merely refer to those who are outwardly cruel to the disabled. Almost any general statement can somehow be called ableist, just as those who mention meat are cruel to vegans, and those who dare criticise someone not white are racist. Like moths to a flame, SJW's are drawn to hopeless causes. Fighting for the rights of black people was old and uninteresting decades ago, and defending the gays is quickly going out of style. These self-righteous "crusaders" against social inequity needed a new demographic in order to harangue you about a fresh set of plights; thus, ableism was born.
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Ableism is a form of discrimination toward people with disabilities either physical or mental. Generally, ableism prevents disabled persons from having the same access to rights and services that average people have no problems obtaining.
Disabled visitor at hotel: "I'd like to rent out a room?" Receptionist: "Sorry, all rooms are currently taken." Average visitor at hotel AFTER disabled person leaves: "Hey, I'm interested in renting a room?" Receptionist: "Sure, that'll be $500." Average person: "Here you go." Receptionist: "Here's the key, enjoy your visit. It's room 112A."

This is Ableism.
by Daniel Rios August 05, 2009
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Discrimination or prejudice directly aimed at able-bodied people precisely because they are able-bodied.
Steve: Look at him. Just look at him.

Paul: Who?

Steve: That guy over there. Leg-using muthafucka!

Paul: Dude! You need to calm the hell down. Someone will accuse you of ableism if they overhear.
by Benncm July 18, 2012
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A word used by retards, skinny fucks and lazy assholes in wheelchairs to describe the fact that they'll never be able to go toe-to-toe in a 1v1 basketball match with LeBron James or be on the Canadian curling team.
Your ableism annoys me because you had more talent, ability and worked harder in life than I did.
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