The UK Government's Creation of the Personal Tragedy Model of Disability

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Jason Olsen


Stigma, disabled, Disability, tragedy, personal, model, UK, United, Kingdom, social and medical model of disability, Austerity


This article argues that efforts by the United Kingdom’s Government, and its devolved parliaments, to shame disabled people into work has resulted in more stigma and prejudice against disabled people. It demonstrates this has been done by modifying the personal tragedy theory of disability into the foundation of a personal tragedy model of disability across the UK. It explains how this model has been created, why it was employed, and how it has impacted disabled people’s lives. Recognising this model as a true antithesis to progressive models, which can remove barriers facing the disabled community, can hopefully aid in preventing its application in other areas.

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