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Disability

Definitions for the term disability vary widely, arising from medical or social perspectives. Commonly accepted disabilities include (but are not limited to) impairment of one or more senses, cognitive disabilities, and mobility limitations.

Examples of common disabilities:

  • Auditory impairments — such as deafness
  • Cognitive disabilities — a very wide range of impairments that affect the ability to process, understand and remember on-screen content, but which are not intellectual impairments. Examples include dyslexia, autism and attention deficit disorder.
  • Physical impairments that affect manual dexterity— such as Repetitive Stress Injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, arthritis, conditions that cause tremors
  • Physical impairments that severely limit or prevent the use of the hands, that may result from conditions such as cerebral palsy, paralysis, or congenital limb abnormalities.
  • Visual impairments — such as blindness, color blindness, low vision, and impaired field of vision

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