The Social Model

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‘problem’ that is identified in this model is not with the physicality of the body, but the attitudes and ideals of societies. This relieves the individuals with disabilities of feeling as if they are any less important, as society is to blame for their discrimination, rather than them being blamed for their disability as a burden on society. The social model finds inclusion is possible by introducing more accessibility for the disabled, and to improve upon societal attitudes to establish fair treatment of the disabled, and reduce discrimination and negative ideas of the disabled, so rather than be outsiders they can fully participate in everyday life as able bodied individuals do without fear of being treated any differently.

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Although Sue does receive some discrimination amongst strangers, she and her friends are highly against this, and …show more content…
Sullivan (2011) comments on Jenkins (1996: p30) belief that people can be shaped from their experienced with others, and therefore others views can affect ‘intelligence, appearance, and intrinsic worth’. This is also the view of the Labelling theory. Media may therefore negatively impact the disabled as their levels of dependence may increase, or self-confidence drop and therefore inclusion decrease, which inevitably falls to match the stereotype until it goes full circle into a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ (Rieser, 2006: 118, Sullivan (2011)) which only serves to further hurt the image of the disabled. This is due to individuals who already have a tendency to separate those with disabilities from those without, as if there is a clear distinction not only with physical abilities but as a whole. This is also Sullivan’s (2011) take on Jaegar’s (2005: p15) thought, that society treats certain people with hostility but not others. Television programs, films and the news all illustrate a picture of dependence and weakness amongst the disabled. Sullivan (2011) mentions Bowe (1978: p110) claims that mass media reinforces the view that there are more differences than similarities amongst disabled people and able bodied people. But these media platforms form self-fulfilling prophecies through the

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