How we talk about disability matters

Understanding models of disability

This information sheet will:

  • Explain the concept of human rights
  • Introduce the human rights model as the most useful framework in advancing the rights of people with disability
  • Explain how the human rights model builds on and extends the social model of disability
  • Explain some of the key differences between the human rights model and the social model of disability
  • Explain why the medical and charitable models of disability are not consistent with human rights principles.

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