Title

Dysconscious Ablism

Date

5-30-2013 9:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Willamette

Department

Special Education

Session Chair

Pamela Cancel

Session Title

Special Education Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Chung-Fan Ni

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Joyce King coined the term “dysconscious racism” as a form of racism that implicitly accepts dominant white norms and privileges. It is not the absence of consciousness but impaired consciousness. Genie Gertz modified King’s work with regards to audism and defined “dysconscious audism” as a form of audism that tacitly accepts dominant hearing norms and privileges. I present the term “dysconscious Ablism” and define it as a form of discrimination that tacitly enforces dominant able-bodied norms and privileges. This impaired consciousness emphasizes the ideology that being able-bodied is far superior to being disabled, whether it is physical, mental, or cosmetically.

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May 30th, 9:00 AM

Dysconscious Ablism

Werner University Center (WUC) Willamette

Joyce King coined the term “dysconscious racism” as a form of racism that implicitly accepts dominant white norms and privileges. It is not the absence of consciousness but impaired consciousness. Genie Gertz modified King’s work with regards to audism and defined “dysconscious audism” as a form of audism that tacitly accepts dominant hearing norms and privileges. I present the term “dysconscious Ablism” and define it as a form of discrimination that tacitly enforces dominant able-bodied norms and privileges. This impaired consciousness emphasizes the ideology that being able-bodied is far superior to being disabled, whether it is physical, mental, or cosmetically.