Definitions of Disabilities

A useful little breakdown of some major Disability definitions.

Disability in Children's Literature

By: Meredith McDevitt


       According to Keywords for Disability Studies, the term blindness is defined as “a condition of the flesh as well as a signifying operation” (Adams et al.34).  The term includes many different things, times, and places, as well as different styles of writing within the lines of disability and the human eyes (Adams et al. 34). The definition has transformed over centuries, today it represents a wide variety of disabilities that affect language and the body. The Oxford English Dictionary defines blindness as blind condition; want of sight” (“blind, n.”). Adams addresses blindness as a transitioned term, from a physical medical definition, to including more of a variety within quantitative standards.


       Adams defines the term Crip within Keywords for Disability Studies as “an alternative to both the old-fashioned and rejected ‘disabled person’ and the new, more formal terms ‘disabled person’ or ‘person with a…

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