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The social model is important because it shifts the focus away from what disabled people can and can't do, and onto the barriers that cause difficulties – the barriers are the problem, not the people. As a union rep, you can support members making sure conversations with the employer focus on removing barriers, not changing the workers, find out more in this interactive guide.

Who is this interactive guide for?

This guide is for union members and reps who want to help support the social model of disability, making adjustments and helping to overcome barriers. 

How will this guide help me?

This guide will:

  • provide details on what the social model of disability is and what barriers there are
  • show you why the model is important and what it has done for workers
  • explain what more reps can do and provide further resources for learning

How do I complete it?

All you need is an internet-enabled mobile device (a phone or tablet) or a computer. Do as little or as much as you like each time you log on — your progress will always be saved. Next time you log on just pick up where you left off, this one will take you about 15-30 minutes to complete. 

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