[games_access] disability or limitation?

D. Michelle Hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Tue Nov 3 13:50:34 EST 2009


I think Steve hits it out of the ball park with "And that's because
to me, disabled is not a negative, it simply a description such as
Tall, Dark, or Handsome." It comes down to whatever we are
comfortable with describing ourselves as.

Michelle

On Nov 3, 2009, at 4:48 AM, Steven Spohn wrote:


> Purely speaking as someone who is disabled, I really don't

> understand all the fuss about what word someone would use to

> describe me. There is only one word that I can't stand to describe

> my disposition and that starts with the C. as far as disabled, I

> think it's just calling it what it is.

>

>

>

> I don't think short people want to be called vertically challenged,

> just as I don't see a need to call me physically challenged. I'm

> just never going to tell someone that I possess a limitation, again

> nothing against the idea, but purely speaking as someone who is

> disabled. The key of that sentence is, I am disabled.

>

>

>

> On the same subject, about three years ago people started trying to

> use “handi-capable” … that word was obviously started by people who

> are trying too hard. Personally, I couldn't stand that phrase. To

> me it feels patronizing for someone to say that I'm not handicapped

> I’m hand-capable. Political correctness just goes too far

> sometimes, I would fully support any word the list would like to

> use publicly, but as far as I'm concerned I'm disabled and I'm

> going to continue to say “disabled.” And that's because to me,

> disabled is not a negative, it simply a description such as Tall,

> Dark, or Handsome.

>

>

>

> Steve Spohn

>

> Associate Editor

>

> www.AbleGamers.com

>

>

>

> From: games_access-bounces at igda.org [mailto:games_access-

> bounces at igda.org] On Behalf Of Javier Mairena

> Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 4:17 AM

> To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List

> Subject: Re: [games_access] disability or limitation?

>

>

>

> Good question Sandra!!

>

> In Spain we are changing the world that people use.

> We have been using disabled people or handicapped. But these words

> have bad means. They are not disable people!! is the society that

> is not accesible for them!!

>

> Who is the disabled people in a dark room?? the blind or the not

> blind??

> Why the not blind is not disabled in this society?? becaouse we

> have adapted the room with a light.

>

> We are now changing to the word "functional diversity". We say

> people with funcional diverity in visuals, or mobility, or

> cognitive, or auditive.

> But yet most people use the older terminology.

>

>

> 2009/11/2 Sandra Uhling <sandra_uhling at web.de>

>

> Hello,

>

> What do you think about this?

>

> We always use the word "disability".

> Maybe it would be better to use another word?

> E.g. limitations?

>

> Lot of the features do help all gamers.

> And every gamer can be sometimes "disabled".

>

> Best regards,

> Sandra

>

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