The Social Model in Action


Heard a great story today.

Kenny came into the office. He is a self advocate, management committee member and currently a volunteer developing office skills. To get to work he caught the number 6 bus from Queens Park to Willesden.

It was a crowded bus and he was pleased to get a seat close to the driver as his balance isn’t great and he sometimes finds using crowded buses difficult.

The woman next to him asked him to move and he refused saying its a crowded bus and its hard for me to move. The woman persevered on the grounds that ‘mental handicaps’, (her words), shouldn’t be sitting by her.

The driver stopped the bus and intervened. The woman got up and left the bus. Hurrah!!!!.

This sounded like a great story to me as Kenny as found it really hard to be accepted by the community he has lived in for so long. He knows he has a right to be there and that he wants to be there. in spite of being assaulted and insulted, particularly on buses where the great British public holds sway. He is still out there fighting for his right to live in the community, speaking up for himself.

The other great part of the story was a driver being prepared to intervene and to speak up for Kenny. The thing about the social model of disability is the clue is in the word. It’s social. We are all involved. We should all take responsibility. Few of us do. Discrimination goes on. Disabled people and it seems people with learning disabilities in particular get abused. It will only stop when we stand up and be counted. It stopped in this story because two people stood up to be counted. Will you?

Kenny and I sent an email to Transport For London as a means of celebrating a moment in which he was annoyed to be challenged and insulted and then happy to be supported.

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3 Comments »

  1. […] C.A.R.D wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThe woman persevered on the grounds that ‘mental handicaps’, (her words), shouldn’t be sitting by her. … The thing about the social model of disability is the clue is in the word. It’s social. We are all involved. We should all take responsibility. Few of us do. Discrimination goes on…. […]

  2. terrimodo said

    It’s nice to hear that for once all the good and well meaning policies were put into action. Thanks for telling us all

  3. cretinism said

    Cretinism says : I absolutely agree with this !

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