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What is a disability?

Defining disability is not easy, and no single definition can cover all disabilities. 

Generally, people are considered to have a disability if a permanent or long-term medical, mental or physical condition restricts their ability to perform common activities. Examples of activities include walking, going to school or work, walking, communicating or doing daily tasks at home.

Disabilities can be invisible. Some conditions are characterized by peaks and valleys. Some have relatively long periods when the individual appears to have reached a plateau or be in recovery.

Over the last few decades, attitudes towards people with disabilities have shifted. Instead of seeing a disability as an impairment, society is beginning to acknowledge that social and environmental factors play a major role in the person’s ability to participate in the activities of daily life. We are seeing the ABILITY.

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