Disability Theory & Ableism

Even in government services, although we are focused on helping others, rooted in ideas of self-expectations and desired standards, attitudes that are ableist can often be pervasive. Our assumption that past physiological or cognitive capacity remains the same despite the changes in can sabotage the fleeting reality of dying and our existential emotional qualities. The reality is that Disability Theory (DT), as explored in this essay, is less than the pedantic lecture of “discriminating against disability is bad!”, but much more an awareness and acceptance of the fluctuating and relative terms of our human capacities and environmental ergonomics in realizing that range of capacities. The paper explores DT and ableism in it’s context with post-modern theories alongside feminism, race theory and others. The ultimate hope is in making us aware of our own cognitive barriers based upon negative attitudes toward physiology as we also demonstrate often towards sex, race, age, gender, religion and more.

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