A wide of models andterminologies can found.
Impairments models such as autism, depression and soon. The way society is setup onnondisabled. Gives little comfort to the persons with disabilities..
It is notjust the physical barriers, but also the attitude, prejudices and labelling onthe disabled person. The equal opportunities (not what is on papers or legislations) but really be included asnormal part of the society. Wheelchairuser is hold back, for a simple step at the entrance of a building, but neitherany ramp (according to laws) can easy the entrance. At the university, they areramps to comply by the law, but honestly, I cannot imagine wheelchair userswheeling themselves, it is an impossible task. Ramps are too high and unlesssomeone is helping, there is no way they make it to the top and must have verystrong hands to go down (one of manyexamples).
Learning difficulty person, desire to be independent and live ontheir own. They might find it unsure how to pay rent, there where supportneeded in social model. Medical model sees it differently; such person has tobe in community home. Individuals with impairment in visuals are likely to bedenied to read the latest books released, as an example, and have noalternative if they wish to discuss their opinion with friends.
Hardly bookssellers invest on braille system. However, with social model there are morethan one solution. On the other hand, the medical model offers nothing butmedical advices that might not change anything.
Disability (stigma) is common actiontowards disabled persons and it is the main concern to disabled persons. To disconnectthem from mainstream of society because, of how they look, how they walk, howthey are not fully trusted with their abilities, but we judge them for thedisability. Most people use differentterm when it comes to disabled individual. How this effect the disabledcommunities? Surely, of less dignified when referring to persons withdisability. What kind of dignity is showed towards disabled person with ourdaily language? The non-disabled persons are they hiding behind the taboo’s?That makes them keep far from disabled persons. Society is enforcing systems,on disabled persons. 90% of disabled persons are forced to attend a day centre,with a program, which is repetitive and forced; there is no space for theindividuals to self-expressions, it is almost to nothing. Persons suffering from serious mental illness face doublythe challenges.
They struggle with the illness and the disabilities from thedisease. Challenged by the stereotypes and prejudice, it is more clearly thatthe fact about mental illness. People with disability, all form of disability, eachday are robbed of the opportunities and the define of a good quality in life:jobs or fully integrate in society. They are forced and be affiliated withsmall same circle groups. The prejudice against people with some kind ofdisability has no end.
The non-disabled persons are satisfied, as long disabledcommunities, are kept from the mainstream of society. Only few can make it tomedia as advertising, to be used as promotions for charities. In addition, to add insults to injury, theylook at the disabled as the pettiness (miskin/aor ja?asra) and the most insult disabled person can receive, when aretreated as children or of less intelligence.
Yet there is the needs of muchhard work for disabled persons. To be really fully accepted as normal with a differencein the mainstream of the populations. Persons with disability, face discrimination every singleday, the negative attitude of non-disabled individuals is very wider insociety. One can say that in years some kind of progress has been achieved. However,in my opinion; on paper, legislative and media, gives a differentinterpretations than the reality is. My question is very simple, do we real appreciatethe person and the abilities or we accept persons with disabilities, out ofpettiness. You still can hear peoplecalling the disabled with their disability (dak l-ag?ma, dawk it-torox, dawk il-boloh) anotherphrase commonly is very much in use to refer and make understand of the personyou are referring ( dik li g?andha t-tifel/a imankat jew hadicap).
Is it really? We give the right dignity to persons withdisability, not to mention how these persons and their disability, are used forfund raising. The more servers disability is, the more used as publicity, Whywe label them? When society is to learn that disability is a gift and notdisadvantage. In my opinion, both Aimee Mullinsand Stella Young, speeches can easily to be, considered as terminology. WhileAimee contribution, is more based on personal vs. definitions of disability. Projectingthe insults definitions by Webster’s New World thesaurus (1982). Showed howatrocious and inhuman disability, is described.
Very harmful and indignity topersons with disability, as an old Maltese saying (tpo??i l-mel? fuq il-ferita), the editors of Webster thesauruskept on this trend, infect as Aimee again looked up the word disabled on theonline version of Webster’s thesaurus, there was not much differences in thedefinition of disabled. Following her life story and the success she managedto achieves, it took just one person(Doctor P) as she calls him, that by a simple childish bet to break thecoloured elastics for 100$ changed completely her life. Stella Young on the other hand,described, that in the eyes of the non-disabled persons, a person withdisability is there to inspire, she tell the story of and a young boy askingher when she is given the inspiration speech.
When she was the teacher. Herspeech was to show that persons with disability are there to live normal life withtheir disability and not been figures to inspirations or pettiness. I stronglybelieve, Aimee Mullins gave the right sense to the terminology of disability.