Terri's Disabilities Journal
Nicole Hodgson's post
The article The Power of Models of Disability had a very
good point. The patient and the professional assigned to
work with the disabled person often view the problems
differently and the course of action reflects the training
the professional has had. If a professional was trained to
look at a disability in a certain way and work to treat it
in the way they were trained they are not giving the
disabled the best care because they are only looking at a
portion of the problem.
The three models of disabilities include the Biomedical,
Functional and Sociopolitical. I will define each how I
understood them, if I’m wrong please correct me.
The Biomedical model is the model based in science. It is
basic and specific treating the patient with medical
rehabilitation and the same course of action for each person
with the same disability. This views the person as a
biological thing and does not address any personal attributes.
The Functional model states that the person due to his or
her disability is not able to perform there function in
society. The role is to help accommodate for the disability
allowing the individual to function as normally as possible.
In the Sociopolitical model the disability is not view as a
problem. The problem is lack of civil rights and not enough
available resources. This helps to protect disabled people
by getting fair treatment and rights.
Combinations of the models need to be use in diagnosing and
treating people with disabilities. You can’t fix the whole
person if you are only looking at parts and pieces.
I totally agree that one model cannot cover everything.
There are valid points from each of the models but each one
lacks key points.
There can be a combination of all of the models to make a