Workshops across Wales have taken place to help develop knowledge and understanding of the Social Model of Disability and its importance in the lives of disabled people.

First published:
5 June 2019
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Rhian Davies

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The model recognises that people are disabled by barriers in society, including the attitudes and behaviour of other people and organisations, as well as physical obstacles, not by their impairments or differences. 

In partnership with Disability Wales, the workshops followed from the ‘Action on Disability: The Right to Independent Living’ consultation. These workshops were part of the conversation around the Welsh Government’s framework, to ensure we know more about The Social Model of Disability, delivering our commitment to increase understanding of the model across Welsh Government and beyond.

The workshops allowed delegates to discuss and ask important questions such as:

  • Where does the Social Model come from and why is it important?
  • How does the Social Model empower disabled people? 
  • What does the Social Model look like in practice?
  • Examples of where the Social Model has been used successfully.
  • What are the challenges and barriers preventing further implementation?
  • How can we work together to ensure the Social Model is reflected more widely in society?

Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt who has responsibility for equalities said:

We’re committed to developing a plan that allows disabled people to fulfil their potential and to eradicate any barriers which may hinder their future. 

Working with disabled people helps us to truly understand the issues that affect them and how the Social Model can be reflected widely into society.

It was encouraging to hear that so many people chose to attend the workshops and give their views following the consultation, I hope this helps to inspire others to be part of the next steps.

The workshops allowed people to share personal stories, and hear the experiences of others – both good and bad. Allowing people to discuss the Social Model of Disability will assist in the development of the final version of the new framework which is expected to be published in summer 2019.

Photo supplied by Natasha Hirst - @HirstPhotos.