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How to Take Advantage of Your Disability

How to Take Advantage of Your Disability

How is disability defined?


What is disability?

A disability is any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions).



The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes individuals who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability.



According to the World Health Organisation, a disability is…

“any restriction or lack (resulting from any impairment) of ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being”

A disability includes those that:

  • are present, or
  • once existed but don’t any more, for example, a person who has had a back injury, a heart attack or an episode of mental illness, or
  • may exist in the future, for example, a person with a genetic predisposition to a disease, such as Huntington’s disease or heart disease or a person who is HIV positive, or
  • someone thinks or assumes a person has.

It is likely that some of the young people who already use your service are young people with disabilities.


To meet our definition of disability, you must not be able to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) that is either:

  • Expected to result in death.
  • Has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

What is a Disability?

A disability is defined as a condition or function judged to be significantly impaired relative to the usual standard of an individual or group. The term is used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment mental illness, and various types of chronic disease.

Disability is conceptualized as being a multidimensional experience for the person involved.

There may be effects on organs or body parts, and there may be effects on a person’s participation in areas of life. Correspondingly, three dimensions of disability are recognized in ICF:

»Body structure and function (and impairment thereof)

»Activity (and activity restrictions)

»Participation (and participation restrictions)

The classification also recognizes the role of physical and social environmental factors in affecting disability outcomes.

Disabilities can affect people in different ways, even when one person has the same type of disability as another person. Some disabilities may be hidden, known as invisible disability. There are many types of disabilities, such as those that affect a person’s:






»Mental health



»Social relationships


With those definitions in mind think of ways you can use the scholarship tools in this site to increase your chances of a full ride.

The Internet Tools post will give yu an uncannyt way of discovering  funds that were tailor made for your ailment.

Below you will find a list of scholarships provided to students with different types of disabilities.

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