August 2019 Round Table Discussion
Ableism is discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities or who are perceived to have disabilities. Ableism characterizes persons as defined by their disabilities and as inferior to the non-disabled.
Ageism is prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age. Ageism is a challenge for the young as well as the elderly.
In a society with some many generations, ageism has effect on us all depending on where people are in their lives. I remember a conversation with my aunty sometime in the 80’s when she said to me, “I don’t have time for children of the 60’s.” I asked what did I do wrong and until this day I have not figured out what the problem was. Our elders are faced with double challenge – age discrimination as well as ableism. Do we really have a problem between the generation gap or is it a myth? If there is a problem, what is the problem and how can we change our hearts and bridge the gap? Let us not forget that ageism works both ways. On the flip side when it comes to ableism we also see the trend where disabled persons are discriminated against because of age; they are too young to be disabled. For instance, the young lady with a prosthetic leg parked in handicap and was threaten with calling the cop or reminded that there was a fine. The purpose of these conversations is to bring awareness to our own conscience in how we relate to others. The hope is that we are going to be more aware and sensitive to our fellow neighbors. We are going to break into groups of 5-6 persons, discuss our experiences on the subject matters. We can only speak from our experiences or stories we heard not from a wider prospective of what we think. Each person has an opportunity to share the first time round before we can start responding to comments. Someone take notes and at 7:20 we are going to share the top points with the large group then we can discuss on a large scale. We will have someone come on the 10 of September to share deeper insights and answer questions.