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BuDS AGM 2021

Your chance to learn more about us and get involved!

The BuDS Annual Meeting for 2021 will be held online at 3 pm on Saturday 20 November. This isn’t a stuffy meeting but a celebration of all we have done in this extraordinary year. There’s plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get involved in our work.

How to Attend

The meeting will be held using Microsoft Teams. If you’re not familiar with this system, just drop us an e-mail at or call 01494 211179 and we’ll talk you through it.

If you need any help to attend the AGM because of a disability or medical condition, we’ll be happy to provide it for you. Just drop us an e-mail at or call 01494 211179 and we’ll sort everything out so you can enjoy the AGM like everyone else. Please try to give us a few days notice, though.

To attend the AGM, use this link about 5 minutes before the event starts: Click here to join the meeting

BuDS and a Year of Success

Consistently providing accurate and reliable information 

Here at BuDS we thought it was about time we paid homage to our wonderful trustees, volunteers and staff members who have dedicated their time to keep our projects running and our community supported through such uncertain times. Over the past year many organisations and charities have struggled to adapt to the developing situation. Of course, there are many success stories, and we think we are one, so please indulge us while we blow our own trumpet! 

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The social model of disability – what really disables people

BuDS uses the Social Model of Disability to help its members in the best way possible. Not sure what that is? Read on to find out…

Yesterday’s Thinking – The Medical Model

For a long time, people’s thinking around disability was dominated by medical opinions. Doctors took the view that individuals were born with, or developed, conditions which could be medically diagnosed. Those individuals were regarded as disabled because of what is then called their handicap or disability– what’s ‘wrong with them’.

Under the medical model, people become ‘the handicapped’ or ‘people with disabilities’ or ‘differently-abled’. These terms all underline that the person’s disability is something they have which is a problem for them – a problem to be solved with medicines and aids.

Today’s Thinking – The Social Model

For the last 20 years or so, Britain and most European countries have been following the social model of disability. The social model points out that our whole society is constructed for people without physical, sensory, cognitive or learning impairments. It is the barriers placed in the path of people with impairments that really disable them, not the impairment they have.

The classic example of the social model is a wheelchair-user at the foot of a flight of steps. The medical model said that the person is handicapped by their inability to walk up the steps. The social model says that the problem is the steps – the lack of a ramp is what disables the person, not the fact they are a wheelchair-user.

The three main social barriers which disable people with impairments are:

Physical barriers – such as steps, lack of signers, no audio loop or EasyRead documents
Organisational barriers – such as working methods which make it hard or impossible for disabled people to apply or join in
Attitudinal barriers – such as making assumptions about people and their abilities, aspirations and hopes.

BuDS’ aim, and the aim of all social model organisations, is to remove barriers so that people with impairments are not disabled.

New Thinking – New Language

If you use this old offensive language about disability, you are making some very negative statements about you and your organisation.

To help people use the right language, BuDS has produced Talking about Disability – A Style Guide Inspired by 2012, a guide to social model language and terms. Download a free copy by clicking the link, or calling us on 01494 568 864.