Traditionally, those considered in society to have a disability have been stigmatised, often kept out of view. Despite considerable efforts by the disability rights movement over the last decades, there are still many stereotypes in existence concerning the disabled, stereotypes which are also classed, raced and gendered in different ways. Disability has been described as ‘fluid’ and, contrary to general opinion, may not be a permanent state. With the increasing medicalisation of society, conditions that may not have been considered disabilities in the past – for example certain learning disabilities – may now lead to early labelling. There are differences of opinion as to whether these are liberating or debilitating labels. As more and more people are living with a disability of some kind, this class will consider what living with disability in everyday life can be understood sociologically and politically.