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Becoming Disabled

Becoming Disabled

August 19, 2016

(New York Times) – The fact is, most of us will move in and out of disability in our lifetimes, whether we do so through illness, an injury or merely the process of aging. The World Health Organization defines disability as an umbrella term that encompasses impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions that reflect the complex interaction between “features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.” The Americans With Disabilities Act tells us that disability is “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.”

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