Social Model of Disability

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2015 National LGBT Conference
18 September 2015

Conference notes that the social model of disability is crucial to ensuring that our disabled lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members are able to participate within the union and the LGBT self organised group at branch level, regionally and nationally.

Conference believes, however, that there can be a lack of understanding and awareness of what the social model of disability is.

UNISON supports the social model of disability and believes the way society is organised creates barriers to inclusion and prevents disabled people from taking an equal part in life. Physical, organisational and attitudinal barriers prevent disabled people from gaining equal access to information, education, employment, public transport, housing and social/recreational opportunities. The social model looks at ways of removing the barriers and changing attitudes.

Conference calls on the national LGBT committee to:

1. Publicise information on the social model of disability to LGBT members;

2. Encourage regional and branch LGBT groups to raise the social model of disability as a workplace and negotiating issue;

3. Carry out a review of disabled LGBT members participation in the LGBT self organised group to identify whether they are experiencing any barriers and how these can be overcome;

4. Report back to 2017 LGBT conference.