What Really Disables People?
Today’s Thinking – The Social Model
For the last 20 years or so, Britain and most European countries have been following the social model of disability. The social model points out that our whole society is constructed for people without physical, sensory, cognitive or learning impairments. It is the barriers placed in the path of people with impairments which really disable them, not the impairment they have.
Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) is the only independent pan-disability user-led organisation (DPULO) in Buckinghamshire.
We are a charity established in 2003 which is run by disabled people for disabled people. The social model of disability is what we live by. Our aim is to make life easier for disabled people in Buckinghamshire by everything we do.
BuDS is non-political and non-partisan. We value our independence and do not accept core funding from any council or government body, although some of our projects are part-funded by statutory bodies. We are on the side of disabled people and will not hesitate to act and speak out in defence of disabled people in Buckinghamshire.