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Ableism is discrimination or prejudice against people with a disability.[1]

We unfortunately live in a society that continually splits the disabled community into two camps: the inspirational superheroes, 'overcoming' their 'limitations' to climb mountains and win Paralympic medals, and The Rest: the ones seen as benefits scroungers, as the ones 'who don’t help themselves,' the ones who are a drain on society.[2]

Pippa Stacey, Huffington Post

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  1. "Definition of ABLEISM". Merrian-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  2. Stacey, Pippa (October 1, 2018), "I Sometimes Feel Defeated by My Chronic Illness", Huffington Post