Film and lit crit about disability

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"Inspector Lewis" -- Point of Vanishing (Masterpiece Mystery! -- PBS)
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capriuni wrote in crip_crit
Tonight (on most stations -- check local listings, etc.), there's going to be a repeat of "Inspector Lewis," where the plot revolves around a family whose teenage daughter becomes paralyzed in a car crash, and the action is driven by the different family members' reaction to same -- including the daughter's reaction.

The first time it aired, I got to wondering how the way this is dealt with reflects the difference between Britain's predominantly Social Model of Disability, and America's predominantly medical model.

So... you know, if you have 90 minutes or so to spare sometime this week, maybe you could check it out so I have someone to talk to about this?

(cross-posted from my own journal)

Edited to add: Spoilers may appear in comments. Read at your own risk.

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That said, the DDA (now replaced by the Equality Act, but the provisions are the same) very much uses a medical model to define disability. It's something like a long-term condition that affects functioning, something along those lines. But then, I guess it would be difficult to have a law that went "has a long-term condition that people react badly to." On the other other hand, it includes stuff like purely cosmetic facial scarring, and so does acknowledge that the problem is often other people's reactions. It's a... transitional... piece of legislation. It means well.

it includes stuff like purely cosmetic for facial scarring, and so does acknowledge that the problem is other people's reactions.

That actually sounds like another example of the medical model to me, actually -- dealing with people's bigotry by "fixing" the person discriminated against, instead of confronting the bigotry directly.

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