Disability vs. Handicap

It is possible that a disability is the cause of a handicap. For example, if a person a disability that prevents a person from being able to move their legs would result in a handicap in driving. Disabled people do not have to be handicapped, especially if they can find a way around their disability. For example, Braille for the visually impaired or wheel chairs for those who cannot walk.

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Disability

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Introduction (from Wikipedia) Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime. any physical or mental defect, congenital or acquired, preventing or restricting a person from participating in normal life or limiting their capacity to work.
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A disability is an inability to execute some class of movements, or pick up sensory information of some sort, or perform some cognitive function, that typical unimpaired humans are able to execute or pick up or perform. A disability may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental or some combination of these.

A handicap is an inability to accomplish something one might want to do, that most others around one are able to accomplish.

edit What is politically correct to say?

It is politically correct to say that a person has a disability and it's impolite to call someone handicapped.

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Anonymous comments (8)

June 7, 2014, 8:16am

What is it with this garbage about politically correct. Is everyone out there running for political office? Get real, the terms disabled and handicapped don’t keep you from accomplishing things . Your personal attitude and desire determine what you are capable of doing. Remember what Henry Ford once said
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

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July 23, 2013, 9:24pm

I agree with the person who said people in wheelchairs prefer the word handicap. I am temporarily in one, and also sometimes using crutches. I am handicapped from doing certain things I want to to do; it presents challenges. There is nothing perjorative about the word handicap - in fact, it has uses in other arenas, like certain sports. It's generally more appropriate than calling someone disabled.

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June 28, 2013, 2:43am

I know a few people in wheelchairs - they all hate the term disabled because it emplies one is unable to function. Handicap is the word they prefer as it implies they can function but not without a challenge. The word was changed by people who are NOT in wheelchairs, do-gooders that should butt out.

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April 12, 2014, 1:49am

And so many short people wind up bone prb l ems

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April 30, 2014, 8:25am

Being handicapped is the state of inability to carry out daily activities or accomplish a task

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November 26, 2013, 12:58am

I disagree. I have been in a wheelchair since I was a teenager. DISABLITY is the result of a medically defiinable condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities. A HANDICAP is a barrier or circumstance that makes progress or sucess difficult, such as an impasable flight of stairs or a negative attitude toward a person who has a disability. I'm young and to my ears handicapped is antiquated. No one likes to be labeled period. I perfer to be ME.

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July 20, 2013, 12:04am

Actually, I have a paralyzed left arm, wrist, and hand. I have arthritis & a bone spur in my lower back. My arm and back is in constant pain. I walk all crooked because of it and I have scoliosis. I prefer to say I am disabled.

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December 31, 2013, 8:07am

I use a wheelchair fulltime due to neurological disease and find the term handicap VERY offensive and outdated. If the world was universally accessible, there would be no need to use the word handicap, as people with disability would be free to accomplish what they want to do in society.

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