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Impactful Topics: Ableism, Abortion, Gun Violence, and more: Ableism


Ableism is the discrimination of people with disabilities. Ableism sends a message that disabled individuals are of lesser value than "able-bodied" individuals. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed in 1990, defines a disability as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." While some people are born with disabilities, others become disabled from a sickness, disease, or an accident. Nearly fifty-seven million Americans are disabled. While they have made strides in terms of equal access to workplaces and public institutions, people with disabilities still face ableism in society.

This guide provides links to a variety of sources, including books and e-books, journal articles, databases, and websites, that are helpful in researching different aspects of this impactful topic. 

Books and e-Books

Subject Headings and Search Terms

Discrimination against people with disabilities
Disabilities -- Study and teaching
Disability studies

Journal Articles