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Yesterday I attended a really interesting discussion about the Social Model of Disability hosted by Disability Wales.
Sure, Social Model principles and practices are claimed to be adapted by the Welsh government and local authorities but in reality is that really the case? I personally continually hear about and witness happenings that question whether all the employees and organisations contracted to deliver their services understand their obligations.
The basic principles of the 2010 Equality and 2014 Welsh Social Services and Wellbeing act are Social Model orientated. Why is it that as a disabled person I feel let down by what I experience in day to day life by having contact with service providers? Of course there have been improvements in the lives of many people but something is not connecting, the message is not getting down the line.
Is the term ‘Social Model of Disability’ appropriate? Should equality based awareness training be made mandatory to all front line employees of companies and organisations contracted by Welsh government and local authorities?
Let’s get a discussion going about this.