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The dangers of everyday ableism

Ableism is a form of discrimination against the disabled. It can manifest itself through the language or actions of individuals, be perpetuated by inconsiderate government policies, or be institutionally ingrained in businesses, schools and universities. Not only can it be extremely upsetting for disabled people on a personal level, ableism also contributes to the disparities […]

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Why are ableist slurs still so frequently used?

Content warning: ableist language. The words ‘r*tard’ or ‘r*tarded’ are offensive terms used to describe those with mental disabilities and learning difficulties, yet are often used casually to describe people and things that are slow, inadequate or incompetent. It is time to start asking why so many of us accept this. The R-word is a […]

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Living with an invisible disability: student experiences

A  significant proportion of the population live with invisible conditions or disabilities that have a huge impact on their day to day lives. An invisible disability is one that is not immediately apparent from an individual’s appearance. Some examples of these include inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), severe allergies, mental health disorders, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and […]