What is the "social model" of disability?

The social model of disability says that disability is caused by society’s failure to accommodate and accept a certain variation, rather than by a person’s impairment or difference.

Source: The social model of disability @ Scope

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  • The Social Model of Disability @ People With Disability

    According to the social model of disability, ‘disability’ is socially constructed. The social model sees ‘disability’ is the result of the interaction between people living with impairments and an environment filled with physical, attitudinal, communication and social barriers. It therefore carries the implication that the physical, attitudinal, communication and social environment must change to enable people living with impairments to participate in society on an equal basis with others.

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