Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Written Evidence


  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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