Proposed amendment to People With Disability policy

Proposed amendment to People With Disability policy

The draft policy on people with disability submitted by Sibylle Kaczorek and Helen Said, includes the following paragraph:

“Disability is a social construct and arises when a society's infrastructure, economic and social structures are not developed to ensure all individuals, regardless of capacity or impairment, can fully participate in society. Thus by referring to people with disability rather than people with disabilities we underline that disability is not a characteristic of an individual but a consequence of a society designed (whether consciously or inadvertently) to exclude many of its members from equal participation.”

I don't think we should say that "disability is a social construct".  Disabilities are real. Society needs to change so that people with real disabilities can fully participate.

I would change this paragraph to read:

"Currently society's infrastructure, economic and social structures are not developed to ensure all individuals, regardless of capacity or impairment, can fully participate in society. Society is designed (whether consciously or inadvertently) to exclude many of its members from equal participation."

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