Disability in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Rethinking Disability

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Close your eyes for a day. Do not speak for a day. Sit for a day. Wouldn’t your social interaction be compromised? This articles talks about how people with disabilities are usually more limited by the social, cultural and economic constrains rather than by their actual disability. The author attributes this phenomenon to three different categories: 1) causality, 2) valued and devalued attributes, and 3) anticipated adult status. Additionally, he makes reference to the economic factor and how it influences the perception of society regarding people with disability. Lastly he mentions how Heath-care professionals and leaders of the Global Disability Rights movement have a responsibility to shift the social and cultural perception society holds towards people with disability. Response Paper The article uses the following three categories to explain the social and cultural behavior when interacting with people who have a disability: 1) causality 2) valued and devalued attributes, and 3) anticipated adult status. Casually, refers the reason why an individual has a disability. The most common explanations throughout history are o divine displeasure, witchcraft or evil spirits, reincarnation, tainted blood, and genetics. Considering the medical advances made over the past decades, generally there is a unanimous consent when trying to explain what causes a disability; because of this, casually does not have the same influential impact as the other categories, however it. However, understanding the past interpretations of disability courses, helps enrich the explanation of why present cultures tried people with disabilities the way they do. Valued and devalued attributes refers to what society finds important. The United States’ society for example, put a lot of enfaces in appearance, the physicality; thus a person in a wheelchair is more at a social disadvantage. However, in places where intellectual activity tends to have more value, these individuals normally...
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