Social Model of Disability

What is this?

The social model of disability is a way of viewing the world, developed by disabled people. 

The model says that people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or disability. Barriers can be physical, like buildings not having accessible toilets or they can be caused by people's attitudes to difference, like assuming disabled people can't do certain things. This video, produced by National Disablity Arts Collection and Archive gives a brief, visual description of what the Social Model of Disability is. It may help you recognise the barriers that make life harder for disabled people and how removing these barriers creates equality and offers disabled people more independence, choice and control.

How long does it take?

The video lasts 2 minutes and 43 seconds. 


It is free to watch the video. 


Simply click on the red button below to watch the video. It is on YouTube so you may have to watch one or two advertisements first.  

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