The Infantilization of Elders and People With Disabilities

Many of these behaviors and phrases are offensive to people with disabilities, too. Infantilization is often a form of ableism. Some people use condescending and patronizing language when talking to people with disabilities. They may raise their voices and speak slowly and deliberately, or ignore the person altogether by talking to their companion, sign language interpreter, or another adult instead. This behavior is offensive because it underestimates a person’s cognitive abilities and implies that people with disabilities are invisible, don’t matter, or don’t have anything meaningful to communicate.

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Topics:
Ableism and disability models, Aged care

Author:
Gary Drevitch

Source:
Psychology Today

Date published:
Wed 17th Aug, 2022