Stigmatizing Disability Using Ableist Language: Effects

Abstract

This issue of NASET’s Bullying of Childrenseries was written by Kathy Ryder, a graduate stiudent from the University of South Florida. More than 10 percent of the world’s population is classified globally as disabled (www.disabled-world.com), and this percentage increases annually. Disabilities make a child more vulnerable to maltreatment.  One bulwark against maltreatment is an aware, pro-active school system using an inclusive approach to education.  Inclusion is just one tool used against discrimination.  However, while attempts are made to weed out ableist language from the classroom and from policy, bias endures in communications.  There is more acceptance now of the victim’s story.


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