Barriers can have several meanings when discussed in relation to persons with disabilities. They can refer to structural barriers, such as physical barriers (e.g. stairs), social barriers, such as inaccessible welfare and support services, opportunities to own or control resources and decision-making, including low or no access to information and communication. Barriers can also be attitudinal. For example, prejudice and negative perceptions of persons with disabilities can create barriers that hinder their full and equal participation in society.
More information on barriers in our section "What are barriers".