The affects of Ableism in the United States

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


How does Ableism effect the United States today? First off Ableism is discrimination against people who are disabled. Ableism has been around for a while and by the looks of it ableism won’t be going away unless we all do something about it. People feel that others with disabilities can’t perform tasks as well as someone that doesn’t have a disability. Others also use disrespectful words that describe people that either have disabilities or don’t and is used as an insult like “crazy”, “stupid” or the r wordSome of able-bodied people use people with disabilities as a form of inspiration like they are supposed to say something amazing to inspire someone just because they have a disability. There are different types of ways you can discriminate against people with disabilities but two of the main ones are direct discrimination and indirect discrimination. The way ableism effects the United States is still deep and affects us all.  

People think whether they meant to or not those individuals with disabilities aren’t able to do tasks as well as people that are able-bodied. One of the reasons why employers will not hire people with disabilities is that they don’t have the accommodations to support them. This could either be the truth or an excuse to not spend the extra money on their employees. They would have to spend extra money on maybe making wheelchair ramps. Or spending more time training the employee. In their eyes time is money. Another reason is that in the employer's eyes it’s too risky to hire someone with disabilities. This can be a reason because if that person with disabilities gets hurt at work the employer and the company, they work for could get sued. They don’t want to take a risk that could end up possibly the employer losing their job or the company losing money and getting a bad reputation.  

The way ableism effects the United States is that were normalizing the use of disrespectful words that were and still are used to describe others with disabilities. These disrespectful words include “crazy”, “stupid” or the r word and they are not okay to use when describing anyone whether they have a disability or not. For the word crazy we are normalizing it by using it to describe someone that has a disability. Some of us use it to describe people that don’t have a home or are using drugs or alcohol. The word stupid” we use it to describe someone that can’t do things that others can do. It is a word that we use to make fun of someone to belittle them and make them feel they aren’t smart or good enough. It is something that makes people with disabilities sound like a joke or that it’s funny that they are like the way they are which is not funny and needs to stop being token as if it's okay to laugh at people that don’t look like you or that they don’t have the same mindset as you and that is discrimination. There is a movement going on about the r word and how disrespectful it is going on throughout social media. It is spreading awareness about how discrimination against people with disabilities is real and needs to be addressed.  

Discrimination against people with disabilities can be done without you knowing it. By some people with a disability are often looked like inspiration for others. What I mean is that people have a mindset that uses people with a disability as motivation. In their mindset they think that if someone with disabilities can make it so can I. This is discrimination because you are basically saying how different that person is and if they can live with themselves so can you. It also is you saying that someone with their disability is that they are their disability and that is wrong. You are so much more than your disability. You are a human being that has feelings and are alive. You are not your disability. You are your own character. 

There is two ways you can discriminate against people with disabilities. There is direct discrimination and indirect discrimination. The difference between the two is that direct discrimination is meant to be like that, and indirect discrimination is when you don’t know that you are discriminating against someone. An example of direct discrimination is when you are not offered the same opportunity as someone that does not have a disability. When you don’t get the same treatment as someone else. An example of indirect discrimination is when there might be a law or a rule that is not equal for someone who has a disability and someone who does not. You both are not given the same rules and that is discrimination 

The ways ableism affects the United States is still a problem and needs to be fixed. You may discriminate against those individuals on purpose or on accident, but it is still discrimination. This topic affects many 61 million people in the United States alone. The big question is though that how long will it take until this issue is solved? How many more people will have to face discrimination? We need to come together as a country and solve this problem. 

Sites: https://risepeople.com/blog/why-dont-employers-hire-people-with-disabilities/ https://www.workplacefairness.org/disability-discrimination https://hbr.org/2020/12/why-you-need-to-stop-using-these-words-and-phrases https://www.specialolympicsma.org/what-we-do/transformative-education/r-word/ https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/04/stop-calling-disabled-people-inspirational/  

 


Submitted: April 22, 2021

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