Supreme Court has let down India’s disability rights movement

Earlier this year, I opened my Foundation’s quarterly newsletter by quoting the question I am most often asked at interactions, “What would you have been if you weren’t disabled?” I have always believed that it is unrealistic for someone with a locomotor disability like mine to aspire to run like P.T. Usha (I loved cricket as a child and, upon realising I could never play the mainstream game, wanted to be a commentator).
However, I am a strong proponent of the social model of disability, according to which disability exists due to the barriers that prevent the full inclusion of persons with disabilities – these barriers might be in terms of attitudes, physical infrastructure, laws and policies.

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