(English) Which children do you call disabled?

From the website of Centre for studies on inclusive education http://www.csie.org.uk/ 

The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 defines a disabled person as one who has “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities” and provides clarifications and exclusions to this definition. Informed by the voice of disabled people, CSIE views disability as an experience arising from the interaction between a) people’s impairments and b) inflexible structures around them. For example, a wheelchair user in front of a ramp would not be disabled from reaching the door; in front of a flight of steps s/he would. The term “special educational needs”, by focusing on characteristics of the person and not their environment, seems inadequate.

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