Local conception of disability: examples from Moroccan proverbs


  • Karima SALAH-EDDINE Université Mohammed 5 de Rabat



Mots-clés :

Ableism, proverbs, local conceptions, people with disabilities, attitudes.


Moroccan government and civil society have recently been working on
projects with the aim of preventing and eliminating different barriers people with disabilities (PwDs) face in Morocco. Exclusion from schools, underemployment, underrepresentation in the media, and inaccessible and unsafe built environments are all examples of daily barriers faced by PwDs.

Despite these efforts, these barriers appear to be changing at a relatively slow pace, and many PwDs are still not fully enjoying their most fundamental rights.
The goal of this article is to investigate the causes for resistance to change through an examination of the many depictions of PwDs in Moroccan proverbs. The difficulty is that these views are not always positive, especially when it comes to PwDs. Our approach is based on the premise that proverbs preserve certain beliefs and attitudes that have stood the test of time and are believed to be true. It analyses these proverbs based on their portrayal of PwDs and Disability. As a result, we believe we should be aware of these proverbs with ableist overtones since they may inadvertently influence society's attitude toward PwD. According to the conclusions of this article, ableism is the most difficult barrier that PwDs face in Morocco because it goes unseen.