CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

Modern Ableism and Disability Prejudice

Ableism is "the idea that a person's abilities or characteristics are determined by disability or that people with disabilities as a group are inferior to nondisabled people" (Linton, 1998, p.9). While we have largely moved away from extremely overt forms of ableism, such as 'ugly' laws or mass institutionalization, many people with disabilities continue to face subtle discrimination, which is embedded in structures and social systems. As a result, even those people who mean well may still be subtly and unconsciously prejudiced against people with disabilities.

This free webinar will focus on modern forms of ableism and disability prejudice, especially those subtle and unconscious forms that are perpetrated by well-meaning people.




You Will Learn About:

  • Traditional and historical forms of ableism
  • Modern disability discrimination and social devaluation
  • Social psychology frameworks of prejudice
  • Research on contemporary disability prejudice, microaggressions, and aversive ableism




Webinar Presenter


Carli FriedmanCarli Friedman | CQL Director of Research

Carli Friedman is the Director of Research for CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. In this role, Carli oversees all Personal Outcome Measures® data analysis, as well as the research projects executed by CQL, along with providing consultation to organizations about the impact of their programs.

Prior to joining CQL, Carli worked at the Illinois University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and State of the States in Developmental Disabilities. Her research at CQL explores the many ways to facilitate the quality of life of people with disabilities as well as examines the impact of disability services organizations on quality enhancement; both of which are necessary to promote meaningful community participation and empowerment of people with disabilities.

Carli holds a Doctorate in Disability Studies (University of Illinois at Chicago), a Master’s in Disability and Human Development (University of Illinois at Chicago), and a Bachelor’s in Psychology (University of Delaware). She is the author of over 100 journal articles, book chapters, research briefs, and reports, focusing on the integration of people with disabilities, modern disability prejudice, and Medicaid HCBS waivers.



Share this webinar with others