I’ve been asked to say a few words about myself having blogged a few times. I am the mum of a disabled lad who, fed up with facing ignorance and barriers, studied for a degree in Learning Disability at Manchester University’s Department of Education Support and Inclusion. What I became aware of was the power of the social model of disability as a tool to overcome the exclusion of disabled people in society. Manchester University’s Enabling Education website is dedicated to information exchange to between countries of the North and South.
Poverty and disability are inextricably linked in a vicious circle in the countries of the south. What has become apparent as I read, is the way forward to reduced poverty and sustainable development is to empower disabled people and their families to become participating members of society by removing the environmental, financial and attitudinal barriers that they face.