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  • Writer's pictureColorado Coherence Collective

Models of Disability


Description of various models of disability
  • Medical: disability is a disease or medical disorder

  • Economic: disability is an inability to produce or work

  • Functional: disability is a deficit of skills or abilities

  • Charity: disability is the result of tragic circumstances

  • Social: disability is the result of societal inaccessibility 

  • Rights-Based: disability is a social-political construct

  • Empowerment: disability is a unique set of needs

  • Interface: disability is conflict between a person and their social context/environment


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