The social model of disability is a perspective from which to understand disability as the exclusion of people with physical, sensory or cognitive [Page 243]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.
- 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: ...