My initial aims and a note on terms

This is the excerpt for your very first post.


I am using this blog to investigate the human right to work of people who are disabled.

A note on nomenclature

I will use the term ‘people who are disabled’ (rather than people with disabilities or disabled person) to reflect a conception of disability that sees disability as largely socially caused and constructed: the person is disabled (including by environmental and social barriers) rather than has a disability. Although I accept Tom Shakespeare’s assertion, in hist book ‘Disability Rights and Wrongs’, that impairment is also relevant. Pain and fatigue cause difficulties that cannot be solely attributable to oppression and socially created barriers (2006:38). However, I am also aware that the term disabled person, favoured by the advocates of the social model, can feel like it puts the disability before the person and so I have adopted the term ‘people who are disabled'(PWAD), although I am open to change.

Author: Caroline Lambert

I am a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics. My background is in discrimination law. I have a particular interests in disability discrimination and human rights. I fit the Equality Act definition of a disabled person.

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