The Social Model Of Disability

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Switched at Birth shocked the nation with its compellingly unique storyline and portrayal of a disabled main character. The show follows the intertwined lives of Bay Kennish and Daphne Vasquez who were accidentally placed in the wrong cribs at the hospital soon after they were born. Bay grew up in an upper-class family and attended a private school in the city. Daphne, on the other hand, grew up in a single parent family who struggled to make ends meet every month. Daphne contracted meningitis when she was three, leading to her gradual deafness. After meeting for the first time, the families realized that they must learn how to live their lives together despite their conflicting backgrounds (Switched at Birth S:1). Although this show demonstrates the “Disability drift and the disability hierarchy” myth, it effectively shows how people with disabilities can live their lives the same way as able bodied people and have the same opportunities to achieve their goals. The writers accomplish this by focusing heavily on the social model of disability, which highlights the idea that “disability is caused by the way society is organized, rather than by a person’s impairment or difference” (Scope par. 1). Viewing disabilities from this perspective educates viewers on the flaws in our society and how we should work together to change our communities. This series uses pathos to highlight the emotional pull that it takes to raise a child with a disability, especially one that the child
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