Document Type

Paper

Publication Date

4-9-2018

Abstract

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.

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