The ability database

  • Malcolm Johnston

Abstract

This chapter looks at the potential conflict between the medical and social models of disability in the context of understanding impairments when designing for disabled people. It describes a database which links health conditions to impairments and their consequent impact on activities, and which utilises classification criteria from the World Health Organisation ‘International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF)’. Quotations in italics are from the introduction to this work.

Keywords

Fatigue Arthritis Depression 

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Further reading

  1. For a list of WHO publications, including the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF), and the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10), vistt http://www.who.int /dsa/disease8.htm

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Malcolm Johnston
    • 1
  1. 1.The London InstituteUK

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