[games_access] disability or limitation?

Mark Barlet mark at ablegamers.com
Tue Nov 3 14:47:07 EST 2009

I did not know handicapped was out. I use it to describe myself, and
it I have a handicapped parking tag and that is what many of the signs

Handicapped does not bother me. Very few names bother me (and trust me
I have been called a lot of names). I think that Steve is correct that
"crippled" is not a good word to use, it may even get you runover.
Maybe that and "Gimpy" , I do not like to be called gimpy.


On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 1:45 PM, D. Michelle Hinn <hinn at uiuc.edu> wrote:

> That is how we phrase it in the US as well. You could say "people with a

> disability" or "people with limited mobility/sight/hearing" but "limitation"

> is a tricky word when you enter the cognitive arena. To me, limitation

> sometimes sounds like you are saying that there's only so much a person can

> do; whereas disability sounds "more like" (ie, not exactly but slightly

> better than "limitations" seems to me) you are saying that a person can do

> as much as they can imagine doing (no limits) but it may be in a

> non-traditional manner (note that I did not say "normal"). Disability is not

> a perfect word either and it doesn't exactly say that the person can do as

> much as they imagine doing but it sounds closer to that.


> Handicapped is definitely on the "no" list in the US.


> Michelle


> On Nov 3, 2009, at 5:19 AM, Sandra Uhling wrote:


>> Hello,


>> in Germany we use:

>> people with disability instead of disabled people.


>> Best regards,

>> Sandra


>>> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----

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

>>> bounces at igda.org] Im Auftrag von Javier Mairena

>>> Gesendet: Dienstag, 3. November 2009 10:17

>>> An: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List

>>> Betreff: 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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