Social Model of Disability
At Arts Access Victoria, everything we do is guided by the Social Model of Disability.
It was developed by Deaf and Disabled people to point out and fight discrimination. It is there to help Deaf and Disabled people live their lives the way they want to. And it shows the world how to include Deaf and Disabled people based on equality and human rights.
It recognises that people are disabled by the barriers created by society. A barrier might be physical, like a building only having stairs and no lift. Another barrier might be the way people communicate or behave.
By using the word ‘disability’ to mean barriers and discrimination, we involve everyone in identifying and removing those barriers and in acting against discrimination.