Medical Model Of Disability

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A person with cerebral palsy who uses an electric wheelchair cannot enter a building because of steps to the main entrance. The Medical model of disability poses no solution to this situation because it focuses on “what’s wrong” with that individual’s body or function. There is nothing that can be done if all medical solutions have been exhausted. Short of carrying the disabled person or physically lift them and their chair up the steps and into the building, ultimately they are excluded. The medical model view of disability unfortunately encourages people to step back and avoid making an effort to be inclusive because ‘they are not doctors’ or there is ‘nothing they can do’. However the social model will ensure that a ramp is in place for

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