1. Ableism is the discrimination against people who have physical or mental disabilities. People with disabilities make up about 15 per cent of the world's population, according to the World Health Organization. Disability advocates say that unlike other forms of discrimination such as racism or sexism, ableism isn't as widely discussed and is still prevalent in everyday language and society

    The following video explains more about the roots of ableism. 
  2. Ableism Documentary with RSA Animation
  3. Stereotypes of disabled individuals often depict them living tragic lives, or, in the opposite extreme, as a source of inspiration. Below, author and speaker Gary Karp explains how extreme narratives of disabled people can also be discriminatory.
  4. The Heroic / Tragic Stereotype of Disability
  5. Via social media, netizens share examples of everyday ableism.
  6. In a blog post titled "15 Things You Should Never Say To An Autistic", Lydia Brown says even well-intentioned people can be offensive. 
  7. Sometimes people who say these things are well-meaning, which can make the impact even worse. Especially in those cases, people might not understand why these can be so offensive and hurtful, and occasionally insist that what they're saying is a compliment, even when it's not.
  8. Some netizens express disgust about the way disabled people are often used as so-called "inspiration porn".
  9. Yet others embrace the term.
  10. Many people are now using social media to dispel myths and stereotypes about mental illness and other disabilities.
  11. Below, Anne Reuss explains how social media gives a voice to deaf individuals such as herself.
  12. Anne: "Social Media Levels the Playing Field"
  13. Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, is changing the way people see movies with his video series, The Blind Film Critic. He appears in a separate YouTube channel called "The Tommy Edison Experience", where he answers some of the most commonly asked questions about blindness.
  14. The Tommy Edison Experience
  15. Teal Sherer is the creator and star of the award-winning online comedy series "My Gimpy Life". The show revolves around Sherer's "awkward adventures" as a disabled actress in Hollywood.
  16. My Gimpy Life - Ep 3: Inspirational
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