Social exclusion of disabled people: Literature review

The Think Differently team at the Ministry of Social Development recently released a rapid review written by Sarah Appleton-Dyer and me, through a Synergia collaboration. The review focuses on understanding the factors that contribute to the social exclusion of disabled people, and can be accessed from the Think Differently site here.

In our review, we explored different forms of social exclusion, and the drivers of exclusion at social, community, relational and individual norms. Using a socio-ecological model as a frame, we presented the different drivers of exclusion as pictured below.


This review looked to redefine the problem of exclusion, and its drivers that work across multiple levels of society. The Think Differently campaign is focused on challenging the deeper values and structures that form attitudes and behaviours to disabled people, by working in many different settings both locally and nationally.