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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity: Neurodiversity & Disabilities

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Understanding Ableism and Accessibility

Ableism is a set of beliefs or practices that devalue and discriminate against people with physical, intellectual, or psychiatric disabilities and often rests on the assumption that disabled people need to be ‘fixed’ in one form or the other. Ableism is intertwined in our culture, due to many limiting beliefs about what disability does or does not mean, how able-bodied people learn to treat people with disabilities and how we are often not included at the table for key decisions.

Smith, L. (n.d.). #Ableism. Center for Disability Rights: Integration, Independence, Civil Rights. 

Accessibility focuses on how a disabled person accesses or benefits from a site, system or application. (n.d.). Accessibility Basics. 

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