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DN Opinion. Politicians don't have to take responsibility for funktionsvarierade

”It is Monday morning and my head feels so heavy ...”, sings Povel Ramel. But now do not suffer the person in the poem longer of the hangover – but he is just a little funktionsvarierad, or?

Politicians and the media have begun to use the word ”funktionsvarierad” rather than that someone has a handicap or a disability.

through the ages have tried to describe these people's different disability more or less good: dysfunctional, obeyed, imbecill, mentally retarded, utvecklingshämmad, funktionshämmad or funktionsnedsatt.

Why not the internationally known concept of ”handicap”? Well, if you have a disability, in sports such as golf and sailing you have the right to compensation.

A handicap can be compensated with the right access to the right tools. It is something that politicians are terrified of, because then it can require significant efforts from society.

if the meaning of a word can change in the political order, to become self-fulfilling in respect of disability by the word funktionsvarierad used instead?

A funktionsvarierad person is just a variant of all the people, and then need not have any additional effort or assistance. Society avoid a lot of unnecessary costs for example, home help services, wheelchairs and escorts.

the Person in question is just a variation of normal, and then may well manage as best it can. The politicians are spared all responsibility.

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