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Academic Scholar group explore Social Model of Disability as part of latest session

Academic Scholar group explore Social Model of Disability as part of latest session

A group of Rydal Penrhos pupils got the opportunity to find out more about a key figure in understanding the oppression of disabled people thanks to an ongoing initiative.

Head of Design and Technology Phil Sutton took the latest Academic Scholar session on Tuesday, February 20, which centred around the Social Model of Disability based on the model created by Vic Finklestein.

The discussion revolved around how design can reduce the barriers that affect people with disability, and the group looked at how the environment and attitudes contribute to this, rather than their physical impairment.

A video clip featuring the TED talk given by Sinead Burke illustrated this point further.

They also examined the Equality Act of 2010 and how this has influenced areas of Rydal Penrhos, and identified where there may be barriers.

Mr Sutton then left the group with the question of ‘Can design be good if it excludes people?’, and the presentation was demonstrated in a dark blue with cream background, which assists those with dyslexia.

This long-running initiative is the latest in a series of academic schemes put on by staff at the school, which have been implemented to enhance learning in a multitude of areas.

Vic Finkelstein grew up in Durban, South Africa and studied at The University of Natal, Durban and Pietermaritzburg, before taking a Masters in psychology at Witwaterstrand University in Johannesburg.

During this time he became involved with anti-apartheid activism. In the 1960s, Finkelstein was imprisoned for his anti-apartheid activities.

Following a spell of hard labour, he was issued with a five-year banning order (1967–1972) under the Suppression of Communism Act.

Finkelstein came to the UK in 1968 as a refugee and joined the British disability movement.

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