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An investigation into attitudes toward disability Navneet Baga

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An investigation into attitudes toward disability Navneet Baga In this report I will investigate peoples attitude towards disability in society today. Many people have different attitude toward disabled people. There are certain stereotypes that many people in society often link with disabled people. These are a few of those stereotypes: aggressive, tragic and in need of pity and receivers of charity. Some people see people with disabilities as incapable, inadequate and of low intelligence, a super crip, someone who is marvellous, exceptional or inspirational, a person who has courage and bravery, people that smile and are cheerful in the face if adversity or someone who is bitter with a chip on their shoulder. To understand the different aspects of disability, two models have been created; these are the social model and the medical model. The medical model is where the disabled person is seen as being the problem; the body is seen as sick and in need of a cure. The opinion of the medical model is that a successful cure or rehabilitation will make the disabled person normal. The social model is where the medical condition of the disabled is seen as being just part of the problem. The opinion of the social model is that society is prepared only to fulfil the needs of non disabled people. ...read more.

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Between 1945-1969 WW11 ended with thousands of war disabled returning as heroes. Plastic surgery developed to treat burn injuries and the war disabled were respected. The National Health Service was now created and therefore treatment and medication was now available with no charge, However disabled people were still segregated in institutions and were seen as incurable, treated badly and isolated. In terms of employment the disabled were still discriminated even with the boom in the 1950s. The 1960s saw more liberal attitudes, but prejudicial attitudes still existed. In 1962 Thalidomide led to the children affected again being segregated from society and forced to appear as normal. Jobs and access were not taken seriously but the late 1960s began to witness society starting to change its attitudes. 1970-End of 20th Century The mentally disabled were locked away in institutions where they were treated no different to before still treated badly and in the early 1970s a report called al those locked away as 'socially dead'. Disabled people were expected to be pleased with very simple improvements in their lives and decisions were made for disabled people including treatments such as electro conclusive therapy. Some of the disabled people demanded to make their own decisions. Leaving institutions could be very difficult, as there was no support to help disabled people live independently. ...read more.

Conclusion

No wonder one of the stereotypes for disabled people is bitter I don't blame them but then again Shannon doesn't show this bitterness. This also tells us that disabled people do get treated differently and I totally agree with what the vis-able spokesperson had to say about the fact that disabled people should be portrayed as a part of our community. This is one of the most important comments made about changing societies attitudes towards disabled people. Two very positive examples of successful disabled models are heather mills, who after loosing a leg in 1993 still models and is a successful TV presenter and Aimee Mullins 22 just a year older than Shannon, modelled in the London fashion week despite having both her legs amputated below the knee. I also think that society needs to be improved as industries don't accept disabled models on equal terms which also happens to be one of Shannon's fears as she thinks that due to this fact she has reached the pinnacle of her modelling career. This article does not say anything about overcoming your disability to be successful unlike the article about kristian where it does indicate this. The exact comment was 'it takes guts to overcome a disability' kristian's rugby hero, England hooker Mark Regan, made this comment. I thought that this was a very patronizing comment to make especially by Mark Regan. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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