disability, handicap or impairment
When do we use disability, handicap and impairment?
|disability||used to refer to an on-the-job injury||When you are disabled it can be even more difficult to find a job, especially if you have limitation because of your disability.|
|One is ›On disability‹ when they are being paid by their employer while recovering from the injury.||disability benefit|
|handicap||a specific ailment, injury, or infirmity that a person suffers from which limits their abiltity to function in a normal capacity||Handicap parking spaces are restricted to authorized vehicles 24 hours daily.|
|This is the official term used when the Department of Motor Vehicles issues a special permit to allow the driver to park their car in a designated area, for example.|
|impairment||the broadest term – it can mean that there is a disability or handicap, OR it can mean that the person has had too much too drink||The man was driving a car while impaired by alcohol.|
All three terms are pretty much interchangeable in many instances but most of the time each is used in a certain way.