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An ableist society is one that treats non-disabled individuals as the standard of ‘normal living’, which results in places and services, education, and social opportunities that are created to serve 'normal' people, thereby excluding those with disabilities.

 

America has made efforts to protect its disabled citizens through legislation with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) a federal civil-rights statute protecting the rights of people with disabilities. It assists the disabled with better access to employment; state and local government programs and services; access to places of public accommodation.

View the Disabled American Veterans Wbpage

This link will take you to a page with a list of links to various organizations that advocate for the rights of disabled people.

This link will take you to the World Association of Persons with Disabilities which provides information for people who are looking for jobs that can be done from the home.

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Thoughts are powerful.  How we perceive the ability and worth of others defines our interactions with them and their own self perception. 
 
Can you recall a time where you were able to read someone else's judgement of you just by the way they speak to you?  Is there a funny look in theri eyes?
 
By the tone of their voice?  Is it rushed and quiet, like they are uncomfortable and trying to end the conversation as quickly as possible?
 
By their body language? Do they glance away or look at their feet while talking to you?
 
After this type of interaction, we feel diminished, ugly and sad,  Though the person may have said nothing directly cruel, we have understood that they didn't approve of, accept or like us. 

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