Contrasting models of disability Essay

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ETMA 01 The two resources which I have chosen I feel reflect some of the contrasting models of disability which we have looked at in Units 1-4 of the course materials (E214, The Open University, 2010). The first resource comes from the National Autistic Society’s website and the second comes from the national newspaper The Guardian. The first resource (Appendix A) is an information page entitled ‘What is Asperger Syndrome’ and particularly focusses on the medical/deficit model of disability, a model which involves identifying symptoms, diagnosing a disease or a deficit and prescribing appropriate treatment (E214, Unit 2, p. 47). This resource is aimed at people who have been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, for parents whose…show more content…
A label can have an effect on the way we perceive people and how they perceive themselves. Nevertheless, many parents may find that by receiving a label such as Asperger Syndrome it can help to alleviate any guilt they might have had if they think their child’s condition is caused by something they might have done, it can also mean that their child now has access to extra help and support at school. This illustrates how complex the issue of labelling children can be. The second resource (Appendix B) is an interview from 2011 by Ermine Saner on Cerrie Burnell, a presenter on the BBC children’s channel Cbeebies and focuses strongly on the affirmation model of disability, with Cerrie’s positive and self-assured attitude coming across throughout the interview, this stance is in complete contrast to the medical model as seen in Appendix A. It also touches on the social and tragedy models of disability. Cerrie, who was born with her lower right arm missing, explains in the interview how she wants to raise awareness of disability in a positive way (Appendix B). Doctors had told Cerrie’s parents that wearing a prosthetic arm would make things easier for her; however she found it was the prosthetic that was becoming her disability, so
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