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It is therefore important to make clear where some of the 'experts' go wrong, where they are confused or where they mystify the nature of the problem (disability).".
With this approach the cause of our social difficulties is seen to be in our physical condition.
Twenty-five thousand are so severely handicapped as to need constant care or supervision every day and practically every night, a further 132,000 needing constant day-care.
Of these 157,000 very severely handicapped, some 26,000 men and nearly 90.000 women, are aged 65 or over, two thirds of them being at least 75 years old." .
In the above quotations it refers to single human beings, which is what we usually mean when we say "an individual".
Bauman and May write "individual actors come into the view of sociological study in terms of being members or partners in a network of interdependence...
how do the types of social relations and societies that we inhabit relate to how we see each other, ourselves and our knowledge, actions and their consequences? to think sociologically is to make sense of the human condition via an analysis of the manifold web of human interdependency..
The definitions she used were: Impairment: "a) lacking part of or all of a limb, or b) having a defective limb, organ or mechanism of the body which stops or limits getting about, working, or self-care".
Disablement: "the loss or reduction of functional ability".