The social model emerged from my encounter with the Fundamental Principles document (UPIAS, 1976) and the way it forced me to rethink my own experiences of impairment and disability. This chapter acknowledges this debt but there is not the space in this edition to include as much of the original document as I would like or I did in the first edition. I also reproduce a table illuminating the social model because, despite claims to the contrary, I still believe it has explanatory power for those coming new to the social model. The rest of the chapter is taken from a paper I gave at an ESRC-sponsored seminar organized by Colin Barnes at the University of Leeds in 2002, which was later turned into a chapter for publication. (Barnes and Mercer, 2004).
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