Mike Oliver, pioneer of ‘revolutionary’ social model of disability, dies

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Mike Oliver, a pioneering disability studies scholar who coined the influential social model of disability, has died, according to reports.

A number of widely-shared tweets mourn the March 3 passing of the UK’s first disability studies professor.

Dr Oliver is best known for affirming that removing the disabling barriers that limit and oppress people with impairments is a social – not an individual – responsibility.

“It [the social model] was basically giving you the opportunity, both personally and politically, to rethink about yourself and your position in society,” the quadriplegic explained on YouTube.

“The problem isn’t that I can’t get into a lecture theatre, the problem is that the lecture theatre isn’t accessible to me..”

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