pg.18 Projects of the American Disability Rights Movement
At the time the disability rights movement began to form in the 1970’s, America’s prevalent approach to disability focused on medical treatment, physical rehabilitation, charity, and public assistance. The social model is best seen as a reaction to/that “medical/pathological paradigm” of disability. Activist with disabilities believed the dominant approach inappropriate because it treated disability as a medical/pathological paradigm of disability. Activist with disabilities believed the dominant approach inappropriate because it treated disability as an inherent personal characteristic that should ideally be fixed, rather than a characteristic that draws its meaning from social context. Such a view, activist believed, encourages dependence on doctors, rehabilitation professionals, and charity. It also stigmatizes people with disabilities, by defining them as as something less than normal, and it directs them into confining social roles in which they can enter society only “on the terms of the able-bodied majority”.
I chose this paragraph because of its topic that it is addressing. Activist feel that the “disabled” are either purposefully or unintentionally discriminated due to the way the government treats them. Their discrimination in the activist eyes are along the same lines as the civil rights law discrimination, and they believe the 14th amendment applies to the disabled as a result of the social construct. I feel are society is mostly made for people with full or “normal” capabilities, being with how buildings are made, staircases are put, and the lack of elevators for the disabled. The fact that we as a society don’t consider them normal is a problem, but not as bad as in the past. The activist were fighting for a change in peoples perception in the disabled, and that we should look at them as normal people, but at the same time we needed to make special accommadations for them and recognize them as different. So I felt there point was true and optimistic but not quite realistic
My question is, are they really that different or should their accommodation always be thought of in advance and in accordance with other people at all times? Also is the discrimination felt by the disabled akin to racial discrimination in some cases?