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social construction, disability, disabilities, physical limitations, discrimination


The "social construction" of disability refers to the way an able bodied conception of disability magnifies its consequences. The social construction of disability assesses and deals with disability from an able bodied perspective. It includes erroneous assumptions about capacity to perform that come from an able bodied frame of reference. It encompasses the failure to make possible or accept different ways of doing things. It reflects a preoccupation with "normalcy" that excludes the disabled person.

Notes from Prof. Pothier

I would like to thank Patricia (Trish) Monture who, as a friend and colleague, and through her writings, helped me to find the strength to let my voice be heard. I would also like to thank the many friends, colleagues and family members, too numerous to mention for their helpful comments.