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Listen to Abby, one of the people involved in creating the report, explain what the means are in our model of thriving:

Transcript of audio clip: 

When we say means, were talking about the resources that allow us to be who we want to be and do what we want to do. And we put these in to two categories; the practical means and the justice focused means.  

So with the practical means, we’re thinking about practical things that affect everyone; we all need money to pay for food and bills. Justice focused means are different depending on who you are. We are talking about the social economic and political conditions that either help or hinder our ability to thrive. So if we are frequently disrespected just because we’re disabled for example, it’s going to hurt our ability to thrive.  

What does means mean in practice?

Nina, 33, lives in a rural town and is disabled. She has a passion and skill for basketball. She has just enough to pay her bills each month, but not much more. She is offered a grant of £500, which is enough to purchase an annual basketball membership and kit. However, there are no disabled basketball clubs in her area. So she uses the grant to help with her living costs, and feels disappointed about the basketball club.  

Thriving is about doing what you want to do and feeling a sense of freedom and competency because of it. Nina’s story shows how we need more than money to thrive, and how systems can work against some of us more than others. That is why we have two types of means in our report; material means (like money and housing) and justice focused means (like freedom from ableism). It is important to think about how to combat both.