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Do disabled people need a stronger social model: a social model of human rights?

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JournalDisability & Society
DateAccepted/In press - 29 Mar 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jun 2019
DatePublished (current) - 2019
Issue number7-8
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)1034-1039
Early online date1/06/19
Original languageEnglish


We introduce the social model of disability by reflecting on its origins and legacy, with particular reference to the work of the Union of the Physically Impaired against Segregation. We argue that there has been a gradual rolling back of the rights and entitlements associated with the social model of disability. Yet no alternative for the social model has been proposed in response to such threats to disabled people’s human rights. Disabled people need a stronger social model that acts as a means to a society which enables and ensures their rights; the right to live a dignified life, as well as to live in an environment that enables people to flourish with disability.

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  • Disability, human rights, social model, social model of human rights

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