The best way to understand disability is to make distinction between disability and impairment. Impairment and disability are defined in the following ways:
Impairment: a medical condition, illness or injury which will or is likely to impact on the way the body or mind works.
Disability: the limitation and exclusion of someone with an impairment to access opportunities and take part in society on an equal basis as the result of barriers.
We do not use the word disability to mean impairment.
Disability is a social issue. Barriers are not the inevitable outcome of impairment but are socially created by not taking the requirements of people with impairments into consideration.
We are disabled by what society does to us.
Social Model of Disability
- The problem is NOT the individual
- Involves everyone in identifying solutions
- Acknowledges people’s rights to full participation as citizens.
Access2Arts don’t use terms such as ‘people with disabilities’ as they blur the distinction between the biological (impairment) and the social (disabled). We use the terms disabled and non-disabled.
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. These basic rights are based on values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence.
Article 1 Purpose
Article 30 Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport
Equality is based on your human right to participate in your own society. Equality is ensuring individuals and groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably than other individuals or groups.
Creativity allows people to express themselves. Creativity allows real stories to be shared and perceptions to be altered.
A disability arts practice is a platform for experimentation and new ways of working.