- Are everybody disabled?
- Define disabilities, both physical & mental.
- Is impairment your lack of ability to execute a task, or societies lack of adjustment so you can execute a task?
We gave them the opportunity to try writing down the definitions, with surprising result. The participants tended to write too specific definitions. We showed the World Health Organizations definitions so they could compare and see where they lacked. Generally, the participants saw that they needed to be broader. Ultimately, they wrote new definitions and came up with a very simple version, being abnormal.
We ended the workshop by looking at the question; is impairment your lack of ability to execute a task, or societies lack of adjustment so you can execute a task? The question was heavily discussed, and all the groups cam up with a general answer: directly it is your disability that is making you impaired, but since being abnormal is part of the definition, the society sets the standards, and then they also disable you. They also felt it was the society’s responsibility to also do certain adjustments since the disabled also are adjusting.
Fredrik & Bernadette - RCNUWC