Before taking this class, I had never heard of ableism. During lecture and our class discussions, I could immediately realize examples of ableism and why it is an important issue. Disability is a socially constructed issue, meaning if we didn't assume that a "perfect, healthy body" was normal and people who are different - either physically, or mentally were the ones who were different, the term itself might not even be a word in our vocabulary. I remember someone in class mentioning how the world is built for an "able-bodied person". At first, I was confused, but then I realized how much truth there is in that statement. There is an ideology that those who are able walk stairs, don't have to reach the counters/cupboards, or use the smaller bathroom stall. Why does it have to be this way? Why are their stairs when almost anyone can use a ramp? Why isn't every bathroom stall big enough for a wheelchair? I know there is almost no way to change the way we build our buildings - it's just been done this way for too long. If only everyone in the world had an opportunity to take a class like this! I know my eyes have be opened so so many new concepts. If we all had the privilege to learn theses ideas, I really think that everyone would think differently, heck, some of this ideologies that we've learned in lecture and discussed as a class might even start to dissipate.
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