Is the view that disability originates in a physical or mental condition that is intrinsic to the individual sufferer and who thereby experiences a reduced quality of life. The policy response that flows from this conception of disability is one that seeks to cure the underlying medical condition or alleviate its symptoms; for example, through the use of prosthetics or the prescription of drugs. Disability rights campaigners are often critical of the medical model of disability because it promotes a negative, disempowered image of people with disabilities. They tend to favour, instead, a social model of disability.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.