Month: May 2021

  • Social Model vs Medical Model in Disability – What’s The Difference?

    When we look at disability, there are two very different models used, called the medical and social models of disability.

    The medical model looks at disability as something that needs to be fixed or changed. Disability is seen as a bad thing, even if it doesn’t cause someone pain or harm.

    The social model of disability says that a person is only disabled because of society’s inaccessibility and the way it treats disability, rather than their difference.

    Let’s explore the differences between the two models in more detail!


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  • Narrative surrounding disability

    The media is an incredibly powerful tool and is the shortcut to understanding experiences that are not our own. This is especially true when it comes to disability representation.

    While this can be a good thing because disabled people are being represented, the issue comes with how we are being represented.

    The media shows disabled people as only being one of two things – the poor disabled person who can’t get over the fact that disability has affected their life, or the inspirational person that despite all odds has overcome the challenges.

    Let’s take a closer look at these two narratives and why real disabled people need to be included in the representation that is created about them!


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  • Not your inspiration!

    Inspiration p⭐rn is a term that was coined in 2012 by disability rights activist Stella Young.

    This term portrays people with disabilities as inspirational, solely or in part because of their disability and describes how disabled people are often used as motivation for non-disabled people.

    Stella’s reason for using the term p⭐rn was to highlight the objectification of one group of people for the benefit of another group of people.

    So what exactly is inspiration p⭐rn and why can this term be a bad thing? Let’s take a further look!


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  • When it comes to chronic illness why do some people not like the warrior narrative?

    When we find ourselves in conversations about minor illnesses, even a cold, there is a tendency for people to use the language of war, such as fighting or battling.

    People with medical conditions are often called “warriors” and under this description are encouraged to battle their illness and push themselves.

    Using the term warrior can be helpful for some people as a means of describing the challenges of being sick to others who are not living with an illness. But for others, the narrative can make them uncomfortable.

    This isn’t to say that it’s not a struggle for them, but people with chronic illness are who they are first and foremost, and not a warrior.

    Let’s look into why the warrior narrative doesn’t feel helpful and comfortable for some of the chronic illness community.

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