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Disability Studies for Teachers CHP Center on Human Policy Toward a Social Model of Disability People with disabilities have been represented in many different ways over the years— as special, as holy, and as sub-human to name a few. Clearly, many of these representations have been less than respectful, useful, and positive. Representations that become firmly established and are used to understand, think and talk about something are sometimes referred to as models. Recently, people with disabilities have found a new way of understanding disability. This model is often called the social or rights-based model of disability. It is a more dignified, helpful, and thoughtful model than those that have been used in the past. Many people with disabilities hope that this model will replace two models—the charity model and the medical model—that have been used in society for decades and continue to be dominant models used in the media and in many other American institutions.
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