Within this briefing John Grooms has adopted
the same leitmotif as those who argue that disabled people are
a distinct group in a similar way to black people or lesbians
and gay men. Although the problems facing a person with a sight
impairment will differ from someone with a learning difficulty,
there is a need to balance, as Shakespeare and Watson (1999) comment:
". . . understanding disabled people as individuals and members
of a disadvantaged group and between realising the commonalities
and respecting the differences."
By adopting this approach we accept that "disability"
is a social construct imposed by accepted societal norms that
identifies a person's impairment as the root cause of the problems
which they experience rather than the barriers within their environment.
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