The States of Guernsey’s Disability and Inclusion Strategy is based on a social/human rights model of disability.

This model suggests that physical and mental impairments, even quite severe ones, do not necessarily disable people. It is only when physical barriers, poor procedures or unhelpful attitudes prevent people with impairments from fully participating in society that we say they are disabled.

The United Nation’s Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [CRPD] explains that “disability is an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others”.