For all of her life, Catherine has had to rely on others to provide personal care for her. Catherine eloquently describes what support people need to know in order to provide respectful, sensitive personal care.
Catherine challenges the commonly held presumptions about being paralyzed and asserts that she lives "a highly enviable life."
Catherine eloquently speaks about many of the issues that need to be remembered when supporting someone in a wheelchair.
In this video, Catherine and Norman discuss why it is important for support people, educators, and teacher aides to become familiar with the concepts that are taught in Disability Studies courses.
Disability Studies Series Part 2: The Medical Model of Disability versus The Social Model of Disabiity (18:54)
Catherine explains the difference between the medical model of disability and the social model of disability in clear and accessible language. She uses humorous yet illustrative examples of how the social model of disability relocates the "problem of disability" from beng a deficiency in the body to a set of discriminatory biases in society.
Disability Studies Series Part 3: The Cultural Model of Disability and The Birth of Disability Pride (13:34)
Catherine Frazee describes the "Cultural Model of Disability" in which disability seen as more than oppression; it is seen as a unique experience of life that can be the source of celebration, creative expression, and pride.
Catherine and Norman explore some widely held but seldom questioned assumptions about the concept of "Normalcy". They suggest that when the idea of what’s normal is thoughtfully examined, it becomes apparent that "normalcy" is not only an illusion, but also a very dangerous concept.
Disability Studies Series Part 5: The Civil/Human Rights Model of Disability: Finding Solidarity (05:33)
Catherine continues her discussion of the various Models of Disability and explains how the various simultaneous "rebellions" in the 1960s like the civil rights movement, the women's movement, and the peace movement led disabled people to redefine themselves as a "minority population" which, in turn, led to a new understanding of their fundmental rights as citizens.
Disability Studies Series Part 6: The Unexpected Guest - The Dynamics of Systemic Discrimination (10:02)
In this video, Catherine explains the often confusing but important distinctions among "intetional discrimination," "unintentional discrimination," and "systemic discrimination." She points that just because innovative solutions may allow a disabled person to have access to the community does not necessarily mean that the discimination has been resolved.