A Disability is a condition caused by an accident, trauma, genetics or disease which may limit a person's mobility, hearing, vision, speech or mental function. Some people with disabilities have one or more disabilities.
A Handicap is a physical or attitudinal constraint that is imposed upon a person, regardless of whether that person has a disability. Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines handicap as to put at a disadvantage.
Some people with disabilities use wheelchairs. Stairs, narrow doorways and curbs are handicaps imposed upon people with disabilities who use wheelchairs.
People with disabilities have all manner of disabling conditions:
- mobility impairments
- blindness and vision impairments
- deafness and hearing impairments
- speech and language impairments
- psychological/psychiatric and learning disabilities.
- Physical and health impairments.