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Definitions and abbreviations
Things you probably need to know:
PWD - person with a disability/with disabilities
AB - 'able-bodied' person (not an ideal description, but it's a useful enough one)
EDS - Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: An autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder. As it means the body creates flawed connective tissue, it has the potential to affect every part of the body. In me, it affects my joints, my skin, my ligaments, and my internal organs (particularly the GI and uro-genital systems).
Ableism: discrimination in favor of the able-bodied. This is a deeply ingrained, mostly unconscious preference. It affects our language, building design, social preferences, hiring and promotions, and romantic pursuits, just to name a few things. It is hard to fight because, to borrow a quote, 'no one is against the disabled'.
The fact that in some cases of ableism, people do not consciously choose to discriminate against persons with disabilities does not make it any less discrimination.
In many other cases - including refusal to hire, assault and harassment, ending relationships, etc - the discrimination is very intentional! Some people believe we are less capable and/or less worthy as human beings.