Still a health issue

Tom Shakespeare

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The social model of disability has been fruitful in promoting human rights of people with disabilities, but has been associated with a downplaying of the health dimension of disability. Adequate accounts of disability should make space for medical, psychological, social, and political factors in the lives of people with disabilities. Disability is almost always connected to a health condition; civil rights law needs to be anchored in a robust definition of the protected class; failure to meet health needs constitutes an important aspect of the discrimination faced by people with disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-31
Number of pages3
JournalDisability and Health Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • Civil Rights
  • Disabled Persons
  • Health
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Human Rights
  • Humans
  • Politics
  • Prejudice

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