Disability Equality NW is for all disabled people and exists to provide services which help disabled people live independently.
Our understanding of the Social Model is described here:
Disability is not a straightforward thing to understand. There are many different words associated with it and many ways of describing it. These will mean different things to different people. It covers a variety of issues and is used to talk about our bodies and minds, the way society discriminates, cultural and political issues, and whether or not you are entitled to resources, like welfare benefits or protection under the law.
The Disability Discrimination Act defines a disabled person as someone who has an impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
The World Health Organisation sees disability as an umbrella term that includes impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions and focuses on the interaction between features of a person’s body/mind and those of the society where they live.
Previously, disability was understood soley as a tragic and medical issue. To challenge this activists and campaigners pushed forward alternative ways and models to understand disability.
A model is a representation or way of showing what something is like or how it works. There are number of different models of disability and many ways to talk about it.
The Medical Model
Disability is your problem because your body and/ or mind is broken and can be only treated by medicine.
The Charity Model
You are a poor little disabled person so we must raise money to improve facilities for you.
The Administrative Model
You are a number in the system, you must apply for help but we will decide what help you get.
The Social Model
You are disabled by society, your impairment is not the problem, society discriminates against you.
The social model makes a distinction between impairment = the diversity of your body/mind, and disability = discrimination by social barriers.
If the way society was organised was different, more inclusive, and better at understanding disabled people’s lives we could take part as citizens. It is the attitude, physical, organisational barriers that prevent us from working, learning, and having a family and stop us from living full lives.
Disability Equality (nw) Ltd and its services are all run using the principles of the Social Model.
We focus on the individual, on what they can do not what they can’t – and we provide the services our members have requested to support them. Constant feedback ensures we continue to provide these high-quality services.
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