October 16, 2014 More Ways To Understand Disability October 16, 2014/ apulrang Another way to understand the very different perspectives people have on disability is to think in terms of the three main academic divisions used by most colleges and universities: Sciences Social Sciences Humanities Just like in universities, these are three equally valid and important perspectives. Which one you choose depends partly on your personality ... what interests and excites you, and what doesn't. Also, just as in universities, we really should all have a least a basic familiarity with with all three approaches. How do disability issues fit with this model? Like this, I think: Sciences: Medical research Treatment and prevention Rehabilitation Adaptive technology Social Sciences: Disability policy Disability throughout history Disability as culture and identity Ableism … disability prejudice and discrimination Humanities: Art, music, and writing reflecting the disability experience The language of disability used by the disability community and broader society Philosophy, religion, ethics, and disability How society sees disability … how disabled people define disability identity Which of these poles of disability thought do you tend to gravitate towards?