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Texas Center for Disability Studies
Disability Studies is a relatively new, interdisciplinary field focused on the social and cultural context of disability. Often compared to womens studies, African American, or Chicano studies, this field considers disability as a social minority group with an emphasis on the way in which disability is constructed culturally, politically, and economically, rather than the traditional emphasis on the physiology of impairment. This is a social constructivist view, a model that says people with disabilities are first, and foremost, people (not body parts, not problems to be solved, not objects, and not pathetic) with the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else. This model supports the viewpoints, ideas, and experiences of the people who get up everyday and deal with their disability in this culture as the experts.