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Impairment, disability and handicap—old fashioned concepts?
  1. R B Jones, Retired Consultant Paediatrician
  1. London


    The drawbacks of using the concepts of models in discussing the problems of disabled people are discussed. It is suggested that the terms “impairment”, “disability”, and “handicap” can unify the different models and enhance the position of people with disabilities in society.

    • Impairment
    • disability
    • handicap
    • medical model
    • social model

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    • R B Jones, PhD, FRCP, FRCOphth, FRCPCH, is a retired Consultant Paediatrician.

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