The Social Model of Disability states that people with impairments are ‘disabled’ by barriers in society that exclude and discriminate against them.
From a Social Model perspective, there is a radical difference between impairment and disability:
- Impairment is an individual’s physical, sensory or cognitive difference (for example, being blind, living with chronic pain, experiencing bipolar, having M.S. or a learning difficulty).
- Disability is the name for the social consequences of having an impairment. People with impairments are disabled by society. Disability is a social construct that can be changed.
We’ve taken the Social Model of Disability and applied it to the Labour Party. We have started to identify what the Party has to change in order to become inclusive of disabled people.