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Transcript of Introduction
Group 5 Final Project
Hello Everyone! This is group 5's final project for SERP 414. We are doing a PSA about how we need to change our thoughts and viewpoints on disability. We hope you guys enjoy!
For most of us, we have a very limited viewpoint on disability. We have our ideas and stay pretty much within in our small bubble of thought. In order to grow as individuals and as a society, we have to move out of our comfort zone and open our minds up to new ways of thinking.
It is important to remember that we have come along way in how we think about disabilities. Although we have come along way, we still have much more work to do. We must continue to monitor our thoughts and viewpoints and make the appropriate changes when needed. If we all make an effort to do this, society will grow and become a less judgemental place.
Where we used to be
In order to grow as individuals and as a society, we have to see where we used to be in our thoughts and viewpoints on disability.
In the past, we have embraced a medical model of thinking when discussing disability. We have talked about “fixing” the disability in order for a person to fit into society. An example of this is giving someone who is deaf a cochlear implant to “fix” them so that they can be a normal, functioning member of society. This is wrong. We should not view disability as something that needs to be fixed.
The image below perfectly demonstrates this idea about "fixing" someone so that they fit in.
The individual, in the picture, is in a wheel chair and the caption says that he/she must adapt in order to be a part of society.
The old way of thinking is that a person who is disabled must be the one to adapt to society by being “Fixed”. In reality, it is the other way around. Society should adapt so that all individuals can be a part of society equal. By following a pattern of universal design, all members of society will have equal accessibility to available resources.
Another topic that in included in this old way of thinking is the concept of privilege
In order to get rid of privilege, we have to change the meaning behind it so that it no longer limits a particular group of people from being able to partake in an activity.
One final major topic that demonstrates how we used to think about disability is this idea of normalcy. In order to fit into society, you must be normal. If you are someone with a disability, you aren’t normal and therefore do not fit into society’s model of normal. This idea has excluded people throughout history. But what is normal anyways?
We found a quote that perfectly sums this up! The quote below says: “Mom? What is Normal?" "Its’s just a setting on the dryer, honey."
I think that it is really important to remember that being different is normal. We are all different and shouldn’t exclude people who are different then us. If we did that, then there would be no one left in society.
We still have more work to do!
Although society has come a long way with legislation and accessibility, we are still bombarded with images that marginalize and degenerate people with disabilities. Unfortunately, these things are still popular:
The media continues to portray people with disabilities as stereotypes like:
Tragic and Pathetic
Objects of Violence
Evil or Sinister
Charities are the biggest offenders of these negative representations because they relay on the tragedy of disability to elicit donations.
Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon
The images to the right demonstrate these stereotypes by displaying people with disabilities as something other than "normal" human beings.
Events such as the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon did the same thing by making the audience feel guilty for being non-disabled.
You yourself have probably engaged in promoting negative stereotypes of people with impairments.
Have you ever posted a picture like this to your social media account?
The problem with these types of images is they objectify people with disabilities in order to motivate or inspire able-bodied people.
The Cause of our Reactions
All these common misrepresentations contribute to why we react to
people with disabilities the way we do.
Don’t you think it’s time we changed the narrative?
This video is a great example about how a changed idea of disability and impairment is successful.
So...what's your excuse?
How do we plan to put these changes into play in our future careers?
• Discuss with the patients, physicians, psychologists, and therapists in order to develop an individual rehabilitation plan to meet the client’s targets.
• Consult with the clients to discuss their options and goals, letting the rehabilitation programs and plans best fit the needed services that is desired.
• Put together a plan that will best fit the patient’s needs
• Talk with the families to make sure everyone involved with the patient is on the same page so that there will be no let down.
•Advocate on behave of our clients to make society more accessible in the professional section.
To make these changes we must....
Response to the old ways of thought
Art and Culture
Disability Arts have emerged as an art form that give people with disabilities a different way to express their side of the story of disability.
With the ability to display emotion and even use this art form for a political agenda, multiple artists have produced unique pieces for the world to see and better understand life with a disability.
Whether it be seen as a personal or political activity; disability arts are something that allows a different voice to be heard by the masses.
In its variety of diverse productions and pieces, disability arts give both the artists and the audience opportunities to see disability as an art form.
History and Activism
People with disabilities have overcome extraordinary amounts of adversity to get to where they are today.
An excellent example of this social and political progress is the Disability Rights Movement, which led to the passing of the ADA, or the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA advocated for the rights of people with disabilities in many areas like equal education, discrimination in the workforce, and accessibility to public building and the physical environment.
The disability rights movement stemmed from the countless years of discrimination and inequality from the able bodied world.
In 1990, after many long years of fighting for social justice, the ADA was finally passed into law in the United States. This law meant that it was finally illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities.
Social Model of Disability
Even though the passing of the ADA meant that it was illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities, there was still a giant obstacle standing in the way: the attitudes of able bodied people towards people with disabilities.
The greatest barrier of all to the disabled community is not even a physical barrier; but rather the social barrier.
The social model was created by the disability community in order to combat the traditional medical model.
The social model states that disability is not something that is based off of impairment, but rather the way that society is organized.
This model is a more modern and realistic way of looking at disability, and is a good tool that is used to change the way disability is viewed in the modern era.
Due to the negative and detrimental thoughts on disability, activists throughout the country came together to bring awareness to individuals with disability and disability as a whole in a multitude of different ways:
Art and Culture
History and Activism
Social Model of Disability