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  1. detrich said

    I am:

    a disabled person
    who has been involved in advocacy since 1991
    through which i have provided disability equality training to advocates, Link schemes and other interested parties since 1996

    I am currently excited by:
    the disability equality duty
    the independent living bill
    service user involvement

    I am leading on centres of independent living in the London Borough of Brent where I am a member of the Disability Equality Liasion Group and a participant in the Disability and Mental Health User Forum

    I am a trained leader through Action for Advocacy for whom i have also provided seminars on activism and involving service users

    I practice my activism through the disabled persons Direct Action Network – an organisation which I am a founder member of and which i have represented at the South East Social Care Network and co-represented at Community Care Live.

  2. Cynthia Pugh said

    Well I am impressed truly by your honesty and clarity. The Social Model versus the Medical model and now the affirmative model. They are all paradigms aren’t they and subject to change. The Social Model enabled me to get perspective on a disabling world. However I am trying to get my head around this Affirmative model. I have recently felt that the Social model has its limitations it explains our disabling world but as individuals living our day to day life it does not. I am me I do things my way that gets me by. Everyday I negotiate my place in the world. I am a mother, a grandmother,neighbour, and friend. I have my “impaired?”body to negotiate with every act I do. Am I tired yes. Do I get my words mixed up yes. I forget things. I trip I fall but I am me. I get angry .I shout at the teachers the doctors the nurses the person that shoved me. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to battle. Is this the affirmative model?

    • detrich said

      Hi Cynthia

      Like you my exploration of the affirmative model is in its infancy. I understand from Colin Cameron that this will have 40 conditions and that these have previously been identified by Dr Jenny Morris. I have asked to be kept informed of developments. Seems things move slowly in the academic world. Last i heard Colin was looking for funding to develop the ideas further.

      I also saw a recent interview on Disability Arts Online where Sophie Partridge interviewed Colin further. I’m not sure if the interview added much as i did not read it all the way through.

      I think your own personal differences may amount to the diversity that the social model famously doesn’t account for. In particular the social model has been criticised by feminists and those who say that the experience of pain isn’t accounted for. I don’t see either of these aspects as being damaging to the fundamental truths of the social model, but then i don’t really understand the criticisms. Diversity itself is an interesting subject. I’m not sure how to balance it with the social model. But maybe your comments point to the importance of developing an affirmative model

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