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Countering disability discrimination

Disability discrimination is where a person is treated unfairly because of their disability.

Disability can make those who feel they're not used to being around it surprisingly awkward and uncomfortable. Discriminatory behaviour and attitudes are often rooted in fear of the unknown. Things can get surprisingly complicated when we ourselves internalize the effects of disability discrimination, or ‘ableism’.

The NSW Disability Discrimination Legal Centre outlines the many forms discrimination can take. This old fear will dissipate as more people with disabilities take their rightful place within our society. For now, though, discrimination is real, is often entirely random and is always unjustified. For many of us it is a feature of everyday life. 

As individuals we can counter discrimination by: