175 Introduction to Anti-Ableism Resources

Amy Minervini


by Amy Minervini

According to the Simmons University  Library (2020), “Ableism is a systematized discrimination, antagonism, or exclusion directed against disabled people based on the belief that ‘normal ability’ is superior. Ableism involves both denying access to disabled people and exclusive attitudes of nondisabled persons. An ableist society is said to be one that treats nondisabled individuals as the standard of ‘normal living’, which results in public and private places and services, education, and social work that are built to serve ‘standard’ people, thereby inherently excluding those with various disabilities (from StopAbleism.org).”

The readings in this chapter are meant to introduce you to anti-ableism or to direct your attention to specific areas of ableism/anti-ableism. The readings and curated videos will help to familiarize you with this type of oppression and ways that you can be more of an advocate for inclusion, accessibility, and equal treatment.

What’s in this chapter:

  • Anti-Ableist Pedagogies and You
  • “We Aren’t Therapists”: Mental Health in Our Classrooms
  • Professional Development and Academic Life (When You’re Mentally Dis/abled)
  • Exploding Access: Trauma, Tech, and Embodiment
  • Interrogating Ableism in Motherhood
  • Video Resources

Simmons University Library. (2020, July 5). Anti-oppression: Anti-ableism. Research Guides – LibGuides at Simmons University. https://simmons.libguides.com/anti-oppression/anti-ableism


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