A social model of disability is a way of viewing the world, developed by disabled people.
At Family Fund, our vision is that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children have the same choices, quality of life, opportunities, and aspirations as everyone. But we know disabled children and their families face daily barriers to take part in, and enjoy, everyday life.
What is the social model of disability?
The social model of disability states that people are disabled by barriers in society. Not by their impairment or difference. Removing these barriers creates equity and offers disabled children, young people, and adults more independence, choice, control, and opportunities.
Barriers can be things like not having services or equipment that a child or young person needs. Or not having support at school, to achieve their full potential. Barriers can also be caused by other people’s attitudes, if somebody assumes a child cannot do certain clubs or activities for instance.
What does it mean for my Family Fund application?
We have identified seven areas where disabled children and young people face additional obstacles and may need extra support. These include:
access to social activities
supervision and vigilance
medical therapeutic treatment or condition management
physical environment and specialist resources
If a child or young person needs a high level of additional support in at least three or more of these areas, they may be eligible for a Family Fund grant.
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