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Disability Definitions

DISABLED: all persons with a physical or mental disability that substantially impairs or restricts one or more of such major life activities as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, working, or learning. A history of such disability, or the belief on the part of others that a person has such a disability, whether it is so or not, also is recognized as a disability by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American With Disabilities Act of 1990. Conditions considered disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • AIDS
  • Alcoholism
  • Blindness or Visual Impairment
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deafness or Hearing Impairment
  • Diabetes
  • Drug Addiction
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease
  • Mental or Emotional Illness
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Orthopedic
  • Perceptual Disabilities; such as Dyslexia,
  • Minimal Brain Dysfunction, Developmental
  • Aphasia, or Speech Impairment
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Page last updated: October 2, 2009