Accommodating people with hidden disabilities

It is also the source of enormous problems for persons with disabilities who want to work but who would risk losing all related public benefits, such as health care coverage or access to Personal Assistance Services (for in-home chores and personal functioning), since a person loses one's disability status by going to work. THE REHABILITATION MODEL is similar to the medical model; it regards the person with a disability as in need of services from a rehabilitation professional who can provide training, therapy, counseling or other services to make up for the deficiency caused by the disability.Historically, it gained acceptance after World War II when many disabled veterans needed to be re-introduced into society.In other words, if the individual is "cured" then these problems will not exist.

THE MORAL MODEL is historically the oldest and is less prevalent today.

Even in less extreme circumstances, this model has resulted in general social ostracism and self-hatred.

THE MEDICAL MODEL came about as "modern" medicine began to develop in the 19th Century, along with the enhanced role of the physician in society.

This model has been associated with shame on the entire family with a member with a disability.

Families have hidden away the disabled family member, keeping them out of school and excluded from any chance at having a meaningful role in society.

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