The Social Model of Disability

How this aligns with the neurodiversity paradigm

Where the pathology paradigm asks questions such as “what is wrong with the individual?”, the social model of disability asks questions such as “what are the barriers to accessibility and inclusion?”

The social model and neurodiversity paradigm see divergent neurotypes as a benefit to our society in many ways, including — but not limited to — innovation, creativity, divergent thinking, and artistic talents, among many others.

The social model seeks to uncover and change how institutions and cultural norms disable individuals due to lack of understanding, acceptance, and accommodation.

If a person is given reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and then excels, is their neurodivergence really disabling them, or is it the incompatible and inflexible environment?

Inclusion is moving from “we tolerate your presence” to “we WANT you here with us”.

Read my article on Neurodiversified.


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Published by Jillian ADHD 2e MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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