Who are ‘the real disabled’?

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I often talk about the real disabled, as oppose to the fake disabled, and people often ask what do I mean? Well, my tongue in cheek answer to this would be I mean disabled people who want to work or rather those who actively try not to work. What I actually mean by the real disabled, are people with impairments who actually experience social barriers. 

 

I would argue that almost everyone has one or more impairment to some degree and that the majority of impairments are not significant enough to cause social difficulty and discrimination. As society has become more accessible and inclusive, the range of impairments facing specific social difficulty has reduced, leaving a political label of disability which people cling on to regard themselves as an oppressed group despite not personally experiencing social difficulties.

 

The real disabled are therefore those who still experience personally actual social difficulties rather than simply jumping on a political bandwagon.

 

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