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Harm: Ableism

Ableism names a cluster of assumptions about what constitutes the 'normal' human, which are inextricably linked to capitalist notions of productivity and to eugenic agendas that seek to eliminate or marginalize those who are deemed 'undesirable,' 'unfit,' or 'disabled.' Ableism manifests in many ways, from language to the way buildings are designed to the gadgets and computer programs. We have used ableism to mark only a small number of these manifestations. We acknowledge that much more needs to be done to name the ableism that the entities on our map are complicit in, and we plan to actively fill in these gaps in collaboration.

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