Change society, not the individual.
Oppressione e disabilità nel pensiero di Mike Oliver
This article pays tribute to the late English academic and disability rights activist Mike Oliver, who coined the concept of the social model of disability in 1983. Disability is a complex phenomenon that challenges the individual model of disability. This article examines this model, which medicalizes individuals with disabilities and fails to acknowledge the societal barriers that create disabling conditions. Drawing on the social model of disability, we analyse the thesis that it is the product of social norms and structures that exclude and marginalise those who do not fit in. However, we also recognize the limitations of the social model and call for a more nuanced approach that acknowledges the diversity of disability experiences. Finally, we urge action to address the barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from fully participating in society. By exploring the limitations of the traditional individual model of disability and advocating for a more nuanced understanding of disability, we aim to honor Oliver's legacy and continue his work towards a more inclusive and equitable society.