Cognitive Development & Anti-Ableism

Children’s beliefs about the world start early — in the first year of life — and continue to progressively take shape as they  become enculturated into their given communities. As the author in this section explains, when we understand the natural pressure points where a well-timed word or phrase on the part of a caregiver can make waves in a child’s mind, we can plants seeds of justice rather than prejudice. One author explain how children’s ability to perceive and understand the world changes with age and experience, as it relates to issue of ableism. While she drew on the same core set of information to inform her writing as have all others, on this set of essays she presents readers with different highlights and varying suggestions. If you, like me, are new to the concept of ablism, then I encourage you to read these essays with a close eye to what “abled” people take for granted. You are sure to learn something about diversity, inclusion, and equity.