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Term: Disability

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2011-05-27


Any restriction or lack of ability (resulting from an impairment) to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being (World Health Organization, 1980). The impairment may be physical, sensory or mental and may be related to the consequences of a disease. This definition excludes incapacities that remain for less than 6-months and those that can be completely overcome by a device.

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