Disability Models

Physical Disability as Diversity

  • The moral model is likely the oldest, placing blame on the individual for having something wrong with him or her.
  • [In] the medical model, the view is that a disabled individual has a limitation or defect in one or more bodily systems. The goal in the medical model is “cure”.
  • [T]he minority model […] takes the problem out of the realm of the person with a disability and places it in the social, political, and economic world.

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