While there are many existing definitions of disability, the academic discipline of disability studies uses an interdisciplinary perspective to define and understand the disability experience. The idea that disability is a disease that ought to be cured, or the medical model of disability, is one of the most pervasive views of disability today. This treatment-centered viewpoint has greatly influenced the way people with disabilities receive medical care. With this project, I investigate how future physicians are taught about disability. I hypothesize that by incorporating disability studies into the medical school curriculum, as well as medical practice, there would be a decrease in the power struggle that exists in medical spaces, and medical schools would be more accessible to people with disabilities. This would also result in a better environment for patients with disabilities when visiting a doctor, improved communication between patients and their physicians, and an overall environment of mutual understanding and empathy.
Johnson, Emily, "Disability in Medical Spaces" (2018). Honors Capstone Projects. 11.