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Vestiges of the medical model: a critical exploration of the Ontario Disability Support Program in Ontario, Canada

TitleVestiges of the medical model: a critical exploration of the Ontario Disability Support Program in Ontario, Canada
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSmith-Carrier, T., Kerr D., Wang J., Tam D. M. Y., and Kwok S. Ming
JournalJournal of Disability and Society
Volume32
Pages1570 - 1591
Keywordsbasic income, critical disability studies, disability policy, human rights, models of disability, universal policies
Abstract

Although ample literature exists on workfare in Ontario, Canada, research on the social assistance programme for disabled people, the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), is relatively scant. What we do know points to similar shortcomings. We present a critical disability study considering four policy domains to explore how disabled people are identified and accommodated in Ontario. Discussing the principles of universal design, we argue for policy design that meets the needs of as many individuals as possible, while accounting for significant human variability. We conclude that the ODSP, in failing to adopt a rights-based framework, violates the dignity and rights of disabled people.

URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09687599.2017.1359495
DOI10.1080/09687599.2017.1359495