Medical Model vs Social Model
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what is a „model“ of disability?
In this case, „model“ means a certain way of thinking about disability.
what is the Social Model of Disability?
To understand this concept, it’s useful to compare it to the „medical model“ of disability.
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The person is disabled by the abnormalities and deficits of their own body and/or brain.
The person is disabled by their environment and its physical, attitudinal, communication, and social barriers.
Disabled people are broken, abnormal, or damaged versions of human being and should be fixed, cured, and/or prevented.
Disabled people are normal, valid varieties of human being and should have equal rights and access to society, just as they are.
Since the disabled…
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