Disability: Definitions, Models, Experience

Please read the encyclopedia entry by David Wasserman and colleagues. As you read it, think about how we define disability in both everyday social life, but also in the realm of health and medicine. Do these definitions imply a particular set of values, norms, or priorities, that may be problematic for patients who live with disabilities? How might the assumptions inherent in our models of disability influence our interactions with patients in the healthcare context?