An Introduction to Benevolent Ableism

An Introduction to Benevolent Ableism

Since childhood, we are taught to help the needy. However, when it comes to the impaired, we sometimes don't consider asking whether or not they need help. In this process, offering help may come off as imposing help on the needy. If Ableism discriminates against the impaired, being too lenient towards and forcing unrequested assistance on an impaired person is 'Benevolent Ableism.'

Possible acts of Benevolent Ableism that you must avoid:

  • Pushing someone in a wheelchair without their request or permission
  • Appreciating an impaired person for all the regular things they do, like any other human.
  • Being too kind beyond what you'd be like to other people.
  • Special treatment and consideration in schools, colleges, or at the workplace unless necessary.

As Jojo Moyes mentions in 'Me Before You,' it was a relief to the impaired character that someone was rude to him. This instance depicts how badly an impaired person craves to be treated commonly.

Not every impaired individual desires assistance from others. Some impaired are stoic, and they want to rely upon themselves. As a member of the same community—Humans, we should design our society so that the impaired can be self-dependent.