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Disability Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    disability n : the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment" [syn: disablement, handicap, impairment]
Disability Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Disability \Dis`a*bil"i*ty\, n.; pl. Disabilities.
  1. State of being disabled; deprivation or want of ability; absence of competent physical, intellectual, or moral power, means, fitness, and the like. Grossest faults, or disabilities to perform what was covenanted. --Milton. Chatham refused to see him, pleading his disability. --Bancroft.
  2. Want of legal qualification to do a thing; legal incapacity or incompetency. The disabilities of idiocy, infancy, and coverture. --Abbott. Syn: Weakness; inability; incompetence; impotence; incapacity; incompetency; disqualification. Usage: -- Disability, Inability. Inability is an inherent want of power to perform the thing in question; disability arises from some deprivation or loss of the needed competency. One who becomes deranged is under a disability of holding his estate; and one who is made a judge, of deciding in his own case. A man may decline an office on account of his inability to discharge its duties; he may refuse to accept a trust or employment on account of some disability prevents him from entering into such engagements.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Disability'


The World Health Organization defines Disability as follows: "Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives."

An individual may also qualify as disabled if he/she has had an impairment in the past or is seen as disabled based on a personal or group standard or norm. Such impairments may include physical, sensory, and cognitive or developmental disabilities. Mental disorders (also known as psychiatric or psychosocial disability) and various types of chronic disease may also be considered qualifying disabilities.

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  • PA disability cop-turned-rocker gets plea
    A Port Authority cop who claimed he couldn’t work because he injured his right arm — then raked in disability payments and his full salary as he toured the country with... Read more on this news related to 'Disability'
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    Gilenya reduced relapse rates, new MRI lesion counts, brain volume loss and disability progression in previously-treated MS patients with high disease activity Data at AAN showed significantly more Gilenya-treated ... Read more on this news related to 'Disability'
  • Head to head – Disability protest: the right to an independent life
    Why have campaigners been protesting outside the headquarters of disability charity Scope? THE PROTESTERS As part of our recent week of action, about 30 disabled supporters from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and the Alliance for Inclusive Education (Allfie) picketed disability charity Scope 's offices to protest against its continuing policies to segreg Read more on this news related to 'Disability'

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