The fundamental components of philosophy are values and beliefs. A philosophy can be individual, organizational or societal. This tutorial examines the values and beliefs of people with disabilities, the non-disabled population and social, medical and political groups. It also examines how the beliefs of these groups influenced and provided impetus for the growth of Independent Living Philosophy and the disability rights movement.

What is a Philosophy?

  • A collection of beliefs, values and principles that guide people and organizations.
  • A belief or a system of beliefs accepted as authoritative by a group or school.
  • A personal belief about how to live or how to deal with life situations.

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