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The social model of disability

The social model of disability requires a change in society's values and practices in order to remove the barriers to participation which truly dis-able people.

The social model has been worked out by disabled people who feel that the individual model does not provide an adequate explanation for their exclusion from mainstream society - because their experiences have shown them that, in reality, most of their problems are not caused by their impairments, but by the way society is organised and the barriers that exist.

The solution lies in changing society to ensure discrimination and lack of access are tackled in society. The social model of disability document provides more information about how this can be done.

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For further information, please contact Shanna Carrell on 01609 532992 or e-mail