discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities
Disableism (not found in MW)
Disablism can be defined as discriminatory, oppressive, abusive behaviour arising from the belief that disabled people are inferior to others. Disablism refers to prejudice, stereotyping, or "institutional discrimination" against disabled people.
That sounds pretty much the same thing, with barely a sliver of light between them.
On some of the support groups I have participated on, ableism, ableist also indicate the belief that able people are superior to disabled people.
What word or phrase expresses the opposite viewpoint? That a disability is a positive thing, and even sometimes makes the 'sufferer' appear superior?
"_________________ describes the belief that her disability actually gave her an advantage in life."
At this point I am thinking on Greta Thunberg; "Super power".
Remember Cat Steven's Moon Shadow?
And if I ever lose my eyes
If my colours all run dry
Yes, if I ever lose my eyes
Oh, if, I won't have to cry no more
That is only looking on the positive side, a form of rationalization....I am looking for something more. Surprisingly, the song does not ever reference loss of audition.
I used to have a friend called Dreck, and he was deaf and probably autistic. He once expressed to me that he could not stand being around a bunch of argumentative people, and was glad that he was deaf so that he could focus on the visual moment, and also consider patterns that others could not see. He called it "background noise", and said it was often intrusive.
[EDIT] ...to include a pertinent comment from @Joshua
I don't know a word for this, but this definitely exists. The army deliberately employs colorblind artillery spotters because camouflage doesn't work on them because the dies no longer match the background.
I did a bit of research on this, and it is a valid comment.
In fact. it quotes an article from TIME magazine going back to the beginning of WWII.
In a plane at Fort Sill, Okla. early this summer, an Air Corps observer was able to spot only ten of 40 camouflaged artillery fieldpieces on the ground. An observer of the Field Artillery in a plane spotted all 40 and accurately plotted their positions on his map. The explanation: the artilleryman, selected under less rigorous examination than the Air Corps man, was colorblind. Camouflage, designed to deceive the normal eye, fooled him not a whit.
I have also seen online posts saying that although colorblindness is considered a disqualifying feature for NAVY SEALS, in fact some branches of the military actually hire people like this as snipers (provided they can score at least a 98 in the 10 ring).
More recently, I have seen other posts pointing out that color-blind artillery spotters in hovering helicopters can often see differences in texture, and are considered more reliable. ...