Able-Bodied Privilege Checklist
This list is based on blogger RioIriri's post on "abled privilege." These dynamics are a few examples of the privilege that able-bodied people have. Riolriri writes:
- I can easily arrange to be in the company of people of my physical ability.
- If I need to move, I can easily be assured of purchasing housing I can get access to easily - accessibility is one thing I do not need to make a special point of looking for.
- I can be assured that my entire neighborhood will be accessible to me.
- I can assume that I can go shopping alone, and they will always have appropriate accommodations to make this experience hassle-free.
- I can turn on the television or open a newspaper and see people of my physical ability represented.
- When I learned about history, people of my physical ability were well represented.
- I was given curricular material which showed people like me as a role model.
- I can be assured that assumptions about my mental capabilities will not be made based on my physical status.
- I can swear, dress sloppily, or even be in a bad mood without people attributing it to my physical disability.
- I can do well in challenging situations very often without being told what an inspiration I must be to other able-bodied people.
- I have been asked to speak for all physically challenged people.
- Almost always, when asking to speak to the person in charge, will find someone of the same physical status.
- I can buy posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, children’s magazines featuring people of the same physical status.
- I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having someone suspect I got my job because of my disability.
- If I am fired, not given a raise, or not hired, I do not have to question whether it had anything to do with my appearing physically incompetent.