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6. What is Ableism? with Michelle Nario-Redmond, Ph.D.

Michelle Nario-Redmond, Ph.D.

Michelle Nario-Redmond is a professor of psychology and biomedical humanities, specializing in stereotyping, prejudice and disability studies. As a Ford Fellow, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a Ph.D. in social psychology. Her research focuses on access to higher education, group identification, wellness and political advocacy, and strategies for social change and antiracist practices in higher education.

In 2019, she published her first book, “Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues,” and delivered a Congressional Seminar on Capitol Hill. A graduate of APA’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, she currently serves as chair of Hiram College’s Diversity Committee and is passionate about reducing disparities in education, health and civic participation. Her favorite courses to teach include Who is Normal: Freak, Gimp, Crazy, Crip, and Gimpy Geezers: Representations of Ableism and Ageism.

In this episode, Dr. Nario-Redmond defines ableism and provides examples of ableism as it relates to education and everyday life, both as a mother, and as a community member. 


Links Mentioned in Show

Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice


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Credits and Image Description

Intro and outro music courtesy of Emmanuel Castro.

Podcast cover photo by Rachel Schlesinger Photography.

Podcast cover image description: Black and white photograph of Diana, a Spanish-American woman with long, wavy, brown hair. She is wearing a flowy, white blouse and smiles at camera as she leans against wooden building. Photo is colorfully framed with gold and orange rays of seeming sunshine on top half, and with solid sage green color on bottom half. Text reads "Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters, Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed."