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Functional solutions model

The functional solutions model of disability is an approach that focuses on finding practical solutions to help people with disabilities overcome the challenges they face in their daily lives. It seeks to identify the specific barriers or limitations that prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in society and then develop strategies and solutions to address these issues.

This model emphasizes that disability is not solely an individual problem, but also a result of environmental and societal factors. Therefore, it advocates for the creation of environments and systems that are designed to be inclusive and accessible to all people, including those with disabilities. This model is related to the social model of disability.

In the functional solutions model, disability is viewed as a mismatch between a person's abilities and the demands of the environment. For example, a person with a visual impairment may have difficulty accessing information on a website that is not designed with accessibility features, which can limit their ability to participate fully in society.

To address such barriers, the functional solutions model proposes practical solutions that can help people with disabilities overcome their limitations. This may include the use of assistive technologies, modifications to physical environments, or changes to policies and procedures.

The model emphasizes the importance of involving people with disabilities in the development of solutions and ensuring that their needs and perspectives are taken into account. It also highlights the importance of continuous evaluation and improvement, to ensure that solutions are effective and responsive to changing needs.

The functional solutions model of disability emphasizes the importance of practical, context-specific solutions that can help people with disabilities overcome the barriers they face and participate fully in society. It seeks to create environments that are designed to be inclusive and accessible to all, regardless of ability.

Strengths

  • This model is results-oriented. It tries to provide solutions to real-world issues.

Weaknesses

  • The products can be innovative, but expensive.
  • The model might not provide the best solutions to broader issues, which can be a result of social and environmental barriers. 

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