Tag Archives: stigma

Disability Inclusion

Disability inclusion is the action of including people with disabilities into everyday activities. It is achieved through practices and polices that identify and remove barriers to full participation in society. “Normal” people construct society which consists of social behaviors, rules/laws, … Continue reading

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Emotional Connection 

My current course has had a tremendous impact on me. The class has been very open and accepting of each other. It has allowed me to express myself without fear of stigma. The class has helped to restore some of … Continue reading

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Hierarchy of Disability: Stigma

Culture and society is shaped by people’s understanding of “normal”. Normalcy is less human nature, more a societal feature. People strive for the “ideal body”, originally a mytho-poetic unattainable ideal. Over time the “ideal body” became the average and people … Continue reading

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Poster Children

Culture and society is shaped by the use of poster children. People viewed poster children as representing all people with disabilities. This assumption limited people’s understanding of disability. A limited understanding of disability opens the door for misunderstanding and stereotyping … Continue reading

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Oppression Of All

All marginalized groups experience a lot of the same oppression. The oppression is the result of political/economic entities that form a hierarchy of social status. People are placed into class structures ranking them based on superiority and inferiority. The use … Continue reading

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Human Services History

The video tells the history of people with disabilities in human services. People with disabilities were treated as inferior and incapable. Demeaning labels–“imbecile”, “idiot”, and “retarded”–were used. People did not understand disability nor the potential of people with disabilities. Families disregarded institutionalized … Continue reading

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Grad Course: Intro to Disability

I am taking the introductory course for my grad program. The course is called psychosocial, cultural, and political aspects of disability. This week is about the social construction of disability. I have read writings about institutional history, the concept of … Continue reading

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Police & Disability 

There is a lack of awareness and acceptance of disability permeating through society. There is a lot of stigma and misconceptions. People fear the unknown and different. People act on their ignorance, perpetuating the problem. Police work is incredibly stressful … Continue reading

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Hardship & Assumptions

You assume I have not experienced hardship because I have a good life. Yet, you do not know the hardship I have lived through. You assume I have not because I have a good job and nice apartment. You do … Continue reading

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Being Yourself

People say you should be yourself. You should not worry about being judged or hated. People will accept you for who you are. Yet, when you are yourself, you are judged. No matter what you do, someone finds something wrong. … Continue reading

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