Although the terminology has been superseded, this term is still used to describe persons whose impairment or disability affects their capacity to function in a way expected in the society in which they live. For instance, a person who cannot speak (a disability) cannot readily communicate with others (a handicap). Impaired vision and hearing are common and important forms of physical handicap. As a label, the word “handicapped” is opposed by many people with impairments or disabilities because they feel it reflects societal expectations rather than their actual capacity to function effectively in society.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.