Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice
About the book
Ableism, prejudice against disabled people stereotyped as incompetent and dependent, can elicit a range of reactions that include fear, contempt, pity, and inspiration. Current literature— often narrowly focused on a specific aspect of the subject or limited in scope to psychoanalytic tradition—fails to examine the many origins and manifestations of ableism. Filling a significant gap in the field, Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice is the first work to synthesize classic and contemporary studies on the evolutionary, ideological, and cognitive-emotional sources of ableism. This comprehensive volume examines new manifestations of ableism, summarizes the state of research on disability prejudice, and explores real-world personal accounts and interventions to illustrate the various forms and impacts of ableism.
Table of contents
1. Introduction: Defining Ableism
2. The Evolutionary and Existential Origins of Ableism
3. Justifying Ableism: Ideologies and Language
4. Cultural and Impairment-Specific Stereotypes
5. Hostile, Ambivalent, and Paternalistic Attitudes and Interactions
6. Contending with Ableism from Internalized Ableism to Collective Action
7. Interventions to Reduce Prejudice
8. Social Change via Collective Action and Advocacy for Disability Rights
Michelle Reyna Nario-Redmond is a Professor of Psychology specializing in stereotyping, prejudice, and disability studies. Her research focuses on group identification and political advocacy; strategies for coping with stigma; and the unintended consequences of simulating disability. She is passionate about social justice, Universal Design for Learning, and increasing access to higher education. She enjoys collaborating with students on independent research, created a school-based program on disability culture, and published her first book, Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice. Her favorite courses include Freak, Gimp, Crazy, Crip and Gimpy Geezers.
Michelle R. Nario-Redmond in the Media
Podcast and Interviews
- Bosch, C. (Interviewer). (2021, October 15). Ableism with Michelle Nario-Redmond. New Books Network. [Podcast]
- A lockdown silver lining for workers with disabilities. Axios Media Interview with Michelle Nario-Redmond. (2021, March 23).
- How do I make my classroom inclusive from a lens of disability considerations? Ask Psych Sessions Podcast (ASK054). (2020, November 18).
- Michelle Nario-Redmond. [Video episode]. Thought Leader Series. Ability Magazine. (2020, September 17).
- How to teach children about disability, at every age. NBC Today. (2020, July, 28).
- Sologie, A., & Brett, V. (Producers). (2019, December 10). Ableism with Michelle R. Nario-Redmond. [Audio podcast episode]. In the Inclusive Education Project Podcast.
- Wong, A. (Host). (2019, November 6). Ableism with Michelle R. Nario-Redmond. Disability Visibility Project: A Community Partnership with StoryCorps. [Blog Interview].
- Price, J. O. (Host). (2020, October 19). Disability Studies: What’s it like to be disabled? (No. 6). Disability News Report. [Video episode].
- Goodner, B. (Host). (2019, July 23). Michelle Nario-Redmond, Ph.D. speaks about her new book. [Audio podcast]. Hiram College, Hiram, OH
- Sokol, J. (Host). (2018, March 7). Potential changes to ADA with Hiram College’s Michelle Nario-Redmond. Jasen Sokol Show, WAKR. News/Talk/Sports. [Audio episode].
- Abrams, A. (2018, February 26). ‘Our lives are at stake.’ How Donald Trump inadvertently sparked a new disability rights movement. [Interview]. Time Magazine.
United States Congressional Seminar
Invited Addresses and Keynotes
- Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2020, Oct. 29). Disability and ableism in the age of COVID-19. Disability Awareness Month. Bemidji State University.
- Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2020, Sept 17). Ability Magazine Experts Thought Leader series.
- Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2020, April 22). Ableism. Disability Matters Conference.
- Nario-Redmond, M. R., Ashton, K., Cobel-Temple, A., Conway, F., Garcia, Y. Evie, Israel, T., Postal, K. (2020, Aug. 24). Advancing psychology through state advocacy. Inaugural APA Leadership of Women in Psychology LIWP Leaders Conference.
- Nario-Redmond, M. R. (2020, Feb 3). What does ableism look like and how do we address it in our communities? In this Together Summit. Tennessee Disability Coalition. Nashville, TN.
Conferences and Presentations
Multiple Perspectives Conference 2020, May 7 12:45-1:15 EST
SPSSI Conference Presentation 2019, June