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The social model of disability says that disability is caused by the way society is organised, rather than by a person’s impairment or difference.

The social model looks for ways of removing barriers that limit life choices. When barriers are removed, people can work towards being as independent as they can be and be included and equal in society.

Adaptations based on the individual’s changing needs should be assessed to find ways to help to support them to live their lives more independently,  these may be environmental adaptations for example adding handrails, labelling rooms or cupboards and ways to remind them to take medications, such as dosette boxes.  Emotional support for the families and the person living with the condition,  this may involve arranging counselling.

Access to practical information or additional services should be provided, they can offer information about an individual’s condition, financial and legal issues and illness,  many charities, helplines and support groups are useful sources of support and information.