-'the disabled', 'spina bifida', 'tetraplegic', 'muscular dystrophy’, - are nothing more than terminological rubbish bins into which all the important things about us as people get thrown away” (Simon, 1986)
Class Activity 1: Disability Language
A Story of David Yi: Medical Gaze
judged him through a medical gaze —that is, an understanding based on the notion that “disabled people’s diagnoses become the singular point through which all other information about them is viewed” (Withers, 2012, p. 39).
“ Medical gaze . . ., the filtering of people’s experiences through their diagnosis, can have intense implications for people who are disabled. . . . The filtering. . .is a trademark of the medical model that has real, sometimes devastating implications on the lives of disabled people. Experts continuously tell us what our experiences are, and our identities, in their view, revolve around our diagnoses. This is one of the ways the medical model is able to retain a tight control on the identities and lives of disabled people.” (Withers, 2012, p. 40)
Examples of socio-environmental disabling conditions A lack of resources (e.g., built environments, income, and policies), Socio-cultural influences (e.g., a lack of cultural relevancy, negative societal attitudes, the absence of individual/societal readiness) Review
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