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On 09/01/14 22:52, Philip Hudson wrote:
Or me :)
In my view if you have a set of circumstances which require you to approach a task in a manner significantly different to the norm, and/or that impairs your ability compared to others who are not in the same position then you have a disability. Even someone who has to wear glasses is technically visually impaired, if only to a relatively minor degree. It's not for someone who 'hasn't walked a mile in your shoes' to tell you that your circumstances don't count as a disability.
Discrimination I think comes in two forms; deliberate and accidental. The former I ran into when my Mum wasn't allowed to send me to the same nursery school as my brother unless she stayed as well, which made the whole exercise pointless, and I think denied both me and the other children my age the opportunity to interact so we would grow up together and be used to each other. There have of course been many other instances over the years. The accidental form can occur if, for example, a wedding takes place at a venue which is not accessible, and therefore you are prevented from attending; not because the person didn't want you to but because they didn't consider your disability. Sometimes this can be a back-handed compliment because it is due to the person being so used to treating you as a /person/ first that they have actually forgotten to cater for the wheelchair. Again the perception of discrimination is all about intent.
I did hear a phrase many years ago that seems relevant; 'Programmers are all fluent in one language - profanity!' and I think we would all probably agree that there's a good reason for that :)
 Anyone who has to deal with computers in my view.
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