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5 Jul 07, 8:10 AM - Social vs. Medical Disability Model
I don't believe wholeheartedly in the Social Model of Disability. Or rather, I don't think it's the only answer. There, I said it.
I believe that for a lot of disabled folk, the only thing that makes them disabled is the barriers put up by society. If society would just put up ramps and tear down prejudice, a lot of people wouldn't be disabled anymore. But you know what? I still would be. I have a chronic pain disorder. No amount of social and civil justice is going to change that. It would help me a great deal, but at the end of it all, I would still be stuck with a debilitating condition I don't want.
Nope, I wholeheartedly embrace the Medical Model of Disability as well. I don't see why the two models can't be complementary. Granted, I don't think the Medical Model is always applicable to certain disabilities or people. I know there are people with conditions like Cerebral Palsy or Autism who don't want to be cured, who want to live and thrive with their respective conditions. I support that. But I think if you were to take a poll of people with conditions like mine, you'd find that most or all are gung ho for a cure. I don't think anyone wants to live with degenerating pain.
The problem with the medical establishment is that they paint all diseases with the same brush. It never occurs to them that some people don't want to be cured.
But anyway, I hope no one thinks I'm a traitor to the Disability Rights Movement. I see no reason why I can't support both points of view.
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