How the Pandemic Has Proven the Social Model of Disability


From Forbes: “Dr Frances Ryan wrote in The Guardian recently about the bittersweet experience of suddenly getting the flexibility and support she really needed as a result of the coronavirus crisis, followed by the pang of wondering why she’d been repeatedly told it wasn’t possible before.

This led me to thinking about how the current environment is leading to disability accommodations becoming widely available, not because of some ethical awakening or increased empathy but because now everyone is disabled. If we follow the logic of the social model of disability, we are now working in an environment that is not ideal for the vast majority rather than an unseen minority. Allow me to expand on that for you by giving you some examples.”