In American society, if American’s do not look the same as society’s ideal image, then they are not considered normal. Those non normal American’s are treated as if they have a plague and are left on the outside always looking in. The people who have something that sets them apart from the norm, such as a disability, should not be treated differently than the people who are society’s version of normal. In “Disability” by Nancy Mairs, the problem of judging a book by its cover discusses individual examples relating to people who have a disability. Mairs’ essay discusses having a disability in a world where disability is ignored, especially by the media.
In the article “Seeing the Disabled: Visual Rhetorics of Disability in Popular Photography” by Rosemarie Garland Thomson, she talks about people with disabilities and how people view disability as a negative aspect of society. She starts off her essay speaking about the importance of photographs but eventually transitions into talking about disability. Thomson’s most important topics can be found at the end of the essay. One of the major points in the reading that she wants the reader to know is that people need to stray away from viewing disability as negative. Thomson mentions how it’s a cultural practice to see disability as different: “...it is one of the cultural practice that creates disability as a state of absolute difference, rather than as
Individuals, who suffer from any type of disabilities, sadly live a different life due the societal stigma attached to it. The film When Billy Broke His Head and the reading Deaf Matters Compulsory Hearing and Ability Trouble both illustrate the hardships and struggles disabled individuals go through as a result of stereotypical misconceptions created by the media and the larger society. Firstly, exemplified in the media through a portrayal of disheartened characteristics like constant anger and bitterness about life, a misconception of an unapproachable individual starts to become produced. Through a continuous loop of negative illustrations of disability, an unawareness and lack of knowledge about certain disabilities, a stigma of this unfamiliar
In The Disabled God, Nancy Eiesland articulates a persistent thread in the Christian tradition concerning how persons with disabilities are viewed. All too often, she notes, they are seen as either “divinely blessed or damned: the defiled evildoer or the spiritual superhero.” These polarizing portrayals do not emerge out of thin air, but rather can be linked to various texts in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament which have helped form prevalent attitudes and assumptions regarding disabilities. John Hull’s “Open Letter from a Blind Disciple to a Sighted Savior” exposes the danger of interpreting Biblical texts without consideration for how those interpretations impact persons with disabilities. One example of this is when Hull takes issue with Jesus’ use of metaphors to diminish those with disabilities, a trend which often continues into the present day:
Throughout U. S. history people with disabilities have struggled to be heard. Prior to the Progressive Era of the early 1900’s our society dealt with the disabled largely by keeping them hidden away in sanatoriums or asylums and ignored. The age-old adage, out of sight out of mind ruled. Thankfully programs designed to support cognitively and physically disabled people find their rightful place and voice in our culture have improved. While the social welfare system has improved it is clearly time for another major round of debate over disability policy and program expansion.
In American society today there are many different social issues. An example would be the isms, isms are different types of discrimination on someone or something like racism, sexism, and homophobia/heterosexism. These types of discrimination are what causes hatred and conflict in America today. One ism that has not been given much attention is ableism, ableism is the discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities (merriam-webster.com). People sometimes call others with a disability retarded, crazy, or psycho.
When I reading Mair’s piece of her disability, it was very interesting to note how much meaning the word “cripple” meant to her day to day life. Whenever people look at someone with any type of illness or disability, they instinctively react with the shocked expression. They may not be in exaggerating manner, but they see this human with this aliment and they think of how this could potentially be them or their loved ones. You find it that people don’t feel comfortable when seeing someone who is crippled or obese. You tend to want to see people who are in a healthy condition and not someone who might be in a dying state.
found Stella Young's speech to be extremely profound. It is very true that we used what she calls "inspiration porn" to objectify one group of people for the benefit of another group of people. Her speech opened my eyes and changed the way I perceived disability. As an Occupational therapy student and as an individual who spent years working with people with different stories (mental and physical disability), I do not agree with that quote, "The Only Disability is a Bad Attitude". There are countless number of people out there with legitimate health problems and their attitude has nothing to do with it.
Explain the social and medical model of disability and how each impacts on practice: The social model of disability is where the society is what disables the person. Social model of disability requires society to remove all of the barriers in order that all people with disabilities and impairments have equal access to everything, it looks at the barriers created by society in terms of disabled people being able to access goods and services. It seeks to remove unnecessary barriers which are preventing disabled people participating in society, accessing work and living independently. It also identifies the attitudes towards disabilities which are creating unnecessary barriers to inclusion and requires people to take proactive action to remove
Everyday someone is being oppressed in society. And it happens to millions of people daily. Whether it 's in their own home, or workplace. When Gonzalez asked our class who heard of the word microaggression, my hand was one of the ,many who didn’t raised. His presentation was very eye opening and educational.