Ableism (/ˈbəlɪzəm/; also known as ablismdisablism (British English), anapirophobiaanapirism, and disability discrimination) is discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities and/or people who are perceived as being disabled. Ableism characterizes people as they are defined by their disabilities and it also classifies disabled people as people who are inferior to non-disabled people.[1] On this basis, people are assigned or denied certain perceived abilities, skills, or character orientations.