I have long been fascinated by the idea of systems theory in all of its different forms. I am particularly interested in the impact of systems on what we consider the "disability" of the individual person. Everyone knows, in their head on an intellectual basis, that the level of a person's disability is directly influenced by the environment they live in. A person in a wheelchair has few mobility impairments in an accessible environment but in an old Victorian building with a steep staircase it is a different story.
So how come when we all know this do we persist in schools and in the workplace in approaching disability as though it were something that a person has, rather than something that is a shared experience with their environment?