Disabled People in Society

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Disabled People in Society

This essay is part one of the coursework for Challenging Disabilities. Disabled people have the right to participate in all aspects of society the same as non disabled person. When one is disabled this means to be discriminated against which involves social seclusion and restriction. In view of this, disabled people experience barriers when society does not acknowledge a person’s impairment which can prevent full participation of disabled people in society. Firstly I will briefly introduce the social model in recognising these barriers. Secondly this essay looks in particular at the three interrelated barriers: physical and technological environments, social and recreational environments and economic environments. The relative effects of these barriers will be explored throughout this essay and brought together towards the conclusion.

There are many barriers that disabled people are faced with in society everyday of their lives. A disabled individual will have barriers because the environment is unable to accommodate the individual’s differences. The social model emphasises the barriers of participation of disabled people in society and the environment, it does not focus only on the individual with the impairment or disability but takes into account that the society oppresses and excludes disabled people.   The social model also recognises that the disabled individual has the power to speak out and apply new legislations.

Firstly, physical and technological environments which include housing, transport and access to public amenities as well as information technology are barriers enabling disabled people full participation in society. People with mobility impairments have an obvious disposition when it comes to housing. Morris and Winn suggested the “the housing inequalities of disabled people are evident from the incidence of homelessness amongst disabled people in the population”. (cited in (Johnstone, 1998:139) There is a lack of purpose built housing or...

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