Posted by: MandyS | August 30, 2011

Activity 2.1-Language

I struggled with the subtly initially but my take on this is that society makes a person disabled rather than the impairment; not catering for impairments creates barriers which unbalances the playing field. The ownership of the disability is firmly with society (Phipps et. al.). Yes, I think I can agree with this viewpoint; if everyone could ‘ sign’ would those who are deaf still be regarded as disabled?

The focus of the RTCIL guidelines is on the individual not their functional limitation. I am not sure this is at odds with Phipps et al. rather it emphasises that impairments are specific to the person and should not be generalised.

As Making your teaching inclusive states ‘there is not universal agreement on accessible & appropriate language’; it will always be the subject of debate but for the time being, I go along with the current thinking.


Making Your Teaching Inclusive (2006d) Communicating with Disabled Students [online], (accessed 27 August 2011)

Phipps, L., Sutherland, A. and Seale, J. (eds) (2002) Access All Areas: Disability, Technology and Learning [online], JISC Techdis Service and Association for Learning Technology, (accessed 27 August 2011)




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