When we speak of handicapped people we include anyone who has lost any normal function. That includes loss of limbs, loss of sight, loss of hearing, loss of voice, and loss of brain power. In the broadest sense, as Pierre Rabischong of INSERM opines, we may all be handicapped, depending upon the situation in which we find ourselves. Examples are the effective physical impairment of a non-swimmer who falls overboard and the effective dumbness of a traveller unversed in a foreign language. When so handicapped we desperately reach out for aid, be it from a life preserver or an interpreter, as the situation may demand.
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