Evidence that disabled people are discriminated against in the contemporary UK:

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  • Evidence that disabled people are discriminated against in the contemporary UK:
    • ‘in terms of a person's inability to fully participate in various activities that the rest of us take for granted, such as washing yourself, cleaning the floor, walking and driving, shopping …and generally looking after oneself.’
    • medical model
      • ‘in terms of a person's inability to fully participate in various activities that the rest of us take for granted, such as washing yourself, cleaning the floor, walking and driving, shopping …and generally looking after oneself.’
    • social model
      • This interpretation of the disabled identity began to change in the 1980s with the appearance of the social model of disability.
        • This view was developed by disabled people themselves, who argued that biological disability was less important than social disability.
          • OLIVER (1996) argues it is a society which disables physically impaired people because the disabled are excluded from full participation in society by stereotypical attitudes held by able-bodied people.
            • BEST (2005): ‘Society generates forms of discrimination and exclusion that disabled people have to cope with. The problem is to be found in the social constructions of prejudice that surround disability and not in the bodies of disabled people.’

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