[games_access] Game Accessibility Info Package - Disability - Impairment - Limitation ?

sheryl Flynn sherylflynn at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 27 15:15:20 EDT 2010

You may want to see what the WHO says of this topic...

But basically

A disability is the functional consequence of an impairment

An impairment is an irregularity or abnormality of physiology, structure or
function of a biological system.

A handicap is the social consequence of the impairment

For example
Impairment: poor visual acuity
Disability: inability to see clearly
Handicap: unable to drive to pick up children from school

Impairment: poor visual acuity
BUT...you wear glasses....
Disability: does not have one
Handicap: does not have one

Hope that helps!!

~Sheryl Flynn PT, PhD


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From: Sandra Uhling <sandra_uhling at web.de>
To: IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List <games_access at igda.org>
Sent: Tue, July 27, 2010 10:23:38 AM
Subject: [games_access] Game Accessibility Info Package - Disability -
Impairment - Limitation ?


I still have trouble to understand the difference.

Disability and Impairments?
In what situation should I use what?

In German I would describe a situational disabled gamers,
as a gamer that is situational limited. People do not like
the imagination that they could be disabled. But using the word
"eingeschränkt" (limited) is ok. But this does not work in english?

E.g. a gamer who has no speaker (no sound) is limited in this situation.

Best regards,

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