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Social Model of Disability
Social model of disability

The social model of disability is a perspective from which to understand disability as the exclusion of people with physical, sensory or cognitive impairments from mainstream life. Proponents of the social model are also often members of the wider disabled people's movement. The social model contrasts with other models of disability.

Key Points
  • There are many contentious debates about the relevance of the social model.
  • The social model should not be confused with a social theory of disability.
  • The social model contrasts with other models of disability around the globe, including the relational and the psychosocial.
  • The social model is a big idea in the growing campaign for rights for people with learning disabilities.

The following discussion is taken from Goodley and Roets (2008: ...

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