Disability The Basics [Book Review]

Did you know that one in seven people in the world has a disability?

The number of people who care about this gets a lot bigger if we consider their friends and family

I didn’t know that before I read the book I’m about to discuss with you today

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re reviewing Disability The Basics by Tom Shakespeare.

This book has transformed the  way I think about Disability and it can do the same for you.

In todays show we discuss several things including:

  • The difference between Disability and Impairment
  • How Society Disables People
  • The importance of People first

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

The Disability Paradox

“There’s a perception that the lives of people with disabilities are completely undesirable, however the author said that data revealed that people with disabilities consistently report a quality of life as good as and sometimes better than people non disabled people.”

The Social Model of Disability

“some people have physical impairments, but it’s society through exclusion, through stigma, through oppression that makes people disabled”

The Thriving Disabled People’s Movement

“I was ashamed to say that I knew next to nothing about the disabled people’s movement. Described as the last liberation movement, it’s been inspired by previous movements like Civil rights”


Tom Shakespeare

Disability (The Basics) 

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