What is a Disability?

A disability is a physical or psychological impairment which limits an individual from performing certain major life functions such as walking, seeing, hearing, and/or learning. There are four general disability categories. Listed below are some examples of common disabilities.

  1. Learning: This disability may cause difficulty in reading, comprehending, test taking and processing of academic information.
  2. Physical/Mobility/Visual Functional: Individuals are challenged with vision impairments, walking and moving challenges, and medical disabilities (such as cancer, MS, cerebral palsy, etc.).
  3. Deaf/Communication Disabilities: A person may be deaf or partially deaf or have speech difficulties that make communication challenging.
  4. Psychological impairment: These individuals are challenged with psychological disabilities (such as bi-polar disorder, ADHD, learning disability).