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Why Ageism And Ableism Should Be Front And Center In Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Strategy

Category: Museums and Aging

“We’re being ageist anytime we judge someone based on how old we think they are, and ableist when we judge them based on how we assume their minds or bodies function. We’re being ageist and ableist when we attribute capacity—or incapacity—to someone based on their age.”

–Ashton Applewhite, age activist and author of This Chair Rocks

In the past year, companies created more roles for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion than ever before. That's good because the root causes of inequities are complicated, and it takes someone with deep understanding and influence to shift employee hearts and minds. But, there's a serious problem. Age is rarely included in the DEI equation.

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