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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

About Michelle

Michelle R. Nario-Redmond is a Professor of Psychology at Hiram College, specializing in stereotyping, prejudice, and disability studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas, and her research focuses on group identification and political advocacy; strategies of responding to prejudice; and the unintended consequences of simulating disability. A member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the Society of Disability Studies, Michelle is passionate about social justice, inclusive pedagogy, Universal-Design, icreasing access to higher education. She enjoys collaborating with students and presenting with her daughter on disability arts and culture.

Michelle R. Nario-Redmond in the Media

Media articles, podcasts and press releases on disability identification and political advocacy, countering disability stereotypes in youth literature, and the controversial practice of disability simulations.

  • Goodner, B. (2019, July 23). Ableism book podcast with Michelle Nario-Redmond. Hiram College (53.53 minutes).
  • WAKR Interview (2018, March 7). Potential Changes to ADA, Hiram College’s Michelle Nario-Redmond on ADA Education and Reform Act, Jason Sokol Show, WAKR (11.19 minutes).
  • Time Magazine Article Abrams, A. (2018, February 26). ‘Our lives are at stake.’ How Donald Trump Inadvertently Sparked a New Disability Rights Movement. Time Magazine.
  • Huguley, P. & Worth, M. (2017) Writing real characters: Disability and mental illness. RWR Romance Writers Report.
  • Press Release. (2017, April 12). Role-playing disability not effective, promotes distress and discomfort. Hindustan Times
  • News staff. (2017, April 11). New research shows role-playing disability promotes distress, discomfort and disinterest. ScienceDaily.
  • Henry, D (2017, December 7). Hiram psychology professor sheds light on disability prejudice through notable research, expertise. Hiram College News.
  • Cross, J. (2017, July 21). Hiram undergraduates present research on disability prejudice and ableism at international conference. Hiram College News.
  • Kemmerling, A. (2017, April 8). Hiram study examines disability simulation. Hiram College News.
  • News staff. (2016, May 25). Hiram College psychology professor links political activism to group affiliation. Hiram College News.
  • News staff. (2010, May 5). Nario-Redmond and Students Present Original Research at Society for Disability Studies Conference. Hiram College News.
  • News staff. (2010, April 5). Nario-Redmond’s Study Searches for Link Between Student Identity and College Persistence. Hiram College News.

WAKR Interview (2018, March 7). Potential Changes to ADA, Hiram College’s Michelle Nario-Redmond on ADA Education and Reform Act, Jason Sokol Show, WAKR (11.19 minutes).


  • Review by Joan M. Ostrove

    November 27, 2019 by

    Michelle Nario-Redmond’s Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice is a comprehensive review and an incisive critical analysis of theory and research on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination toward people with disabilities. From a multi-faceted investigation of the roots of ableism to a theoretically and empirically grounded analysis of strategies… Read more

  • Review by Doron Dorfman

    November 27, 2019 by

    Book Review of Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice The interdisciplinary intervention Nario-Redmond is doing in her new book, Ableism: The Causes and Consequence of Disability Prejudice, is exactly what disability researchers across disciplines need. In her timely and extremely rich account of psychological theories and applications of… Read more

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