learning about disability

Hala had me go to Wikipedia for a brief intro to the social model of disability. I’m still reading and learning, but this stuck out to me, and is exactly what I’m getting at:

The social model of disability is often based on a distinction between the terms ‘impairment’ and ‘disability.’ Impairment is used to refer to the actual attributes (or loss of attributes) of a person, whether in terms of limbs, organs or mechanisms, including psychological. Disability is used to refer to the restrictions caused by society when it does not give equivalent attention and accommodation to the needs of individuals with impairments.

Thanks Hala. You’re teh awesome.

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