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Laura Hemingway

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428066.001.0001

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Understanding disability: from ‘personal tragedy’ to social disadvantage

Understanding disability: from ‘personal tragedy’ to social disadvantage

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(p.50) (p.51) Three Understanding disability: from ‘personal tragedy’ to social disadvantage
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Disabled people and housing
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Laura Hemingway

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428066.003.0003

This chapter provides an overview of key debates in discussions around approaches to understanding disability. It points to the shift in thinking about what constitutes ‘disability’, from an individual approach to a social understanding of disability, and the developments we have seen in relation to these. It includes the more traditional, or individualistic, understanding of disability and impairment, sometimes referred to as the ‘medical’ model, and the social model of disability that has become increasingly recognised as a more appropriate explanation for the disadvantage encountered by people with impairments. The essential claim is that while debates are ongoing about the social model, the core elements of the model remain central to looking at housing for disabled people.

Keywords:   disability, impairment, social disadvantage, housing, disabled people

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