Understanding Disability

Mick McQuaid and Madison Russell


Let’s explore four things

  • physical and sensory disabilities
  • cognitive disabilities
  • disability concepts
  • disability experiences

But first, why do we care about these four things?

How do we think of disability?

steps leading to tunnel

What viewpoint do we bring?

Physical and sensory disabilities

Motor impairments

Cognitive disabilities

such as those giving rise to some Special Olympics events, some of whose participants are pictured at right

Spectrum of abilities

A matrix of sketches of people with permanent, temporary, and situational disabilities in touching, hearing, seeing, and speaking

Disability experiences



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