Ableism:  A Prejudice We Don’t Admit and Don’t Discuss

Rev. Dr. Frances Sink 

We affirm the UU First Principle, “Respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” but ableist attitudes and actions deny that respect to many. It’s estimated that one in eight among us has a physical, cognitive, or psychiatric disability that requires determination and perseverance through obstacles, adaptations, and accommodations to simply get through the day. We all should be able to hope that our days will bring a sense of wholeness and belonging. What needs to change for that to be true for those we label “dis-abled?”