RE: Definitions: impairment, disability and handicap

Recommendation noted.........anyone with regular involvement with CG
willing to do this?

Katie Haritos-Shea

Internet/Software/Device Accessibility and Standards


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-----Original Message-----
From: Ian B. Jacobs [] 
Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2002 12:14 PM
To: Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo
Cc: Wendy A Chisholm; Katie Haritos-Shea; 3WC WAI X-TECH; Charles
Subject: Re: Definitions: impairment, disability and handicap

Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo wrote:
> Hi Ian,
> In fact, the definitions of the WHO seek not to be based on medical 
> terms but covering the social and personal aspects of the disability.
> It is important to use the terms proposed by WHO to avoid confusion 
> and the possibility of hurting the sensibility of some people.

I recommend taking this question to the CG again.

  _ Ian

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Received on Thursday, 20 June 2002 13:01:34 UTC