Removing Disabling Barriers


There are many different types of barriers which prevent disabled people's full and equal participation in society: not only physical barriers created by lack of access to buildings and transport systems, but also social and economic barriers resulting from unequal access to education, employment and services; lack of representation and involvement in local planning and politics; and a limited understanding of the nature of disablement.

Current debates about the nature of disablement in society are increasingly focused on discrimination and the redefinition of disability as a civil rights issue. This publication brings together contributions from key academics, researchers and policy-makers in the field, to investigate the evidence on the extent and causes of discrimination and disadvantage faced by disabled people and to examine the policy options for removing the barriers to disabled people's participation in social and economic life. The issues are addressed from local, national and international perspectives.


  • Overview
  • Disability, empowerment and the inclusive society
  • Segregated special education: some critical observations
  • Universal access and the built environment
  • The nature and causes of transport disability and how to remove it
  • Employment and disabled people: equal rights or positive action
  • Social security, poverty and disabled people
  • International perspectives and solutions
  • Lessons from the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Disability, discrimination and local authority social services - two perspectives
  • Discrimination and the law: what can legislation achieve?
  • From charity to rights

ISBN: 0853746672