from © Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) 2009 ;32 pp. To access:
This online publication compares the two models in regards to disability: the medical and the social.
In the medical model, the person with the disability has the problem, and ultimately is the problem, and is addressed through assistance from government programs and charity, upon which the person with a disability is the dependent.
In the social model, which many people with disabilites have decided to adopt, exclusion is the problem. Society must remove it’s barriers, both in regard to the prevalent discriminatory attitudes as well as physical structures which stymie the free movement of people with disabilities.