How do you know if you are physically disabled?

Please see disclaimer at the end for information about the social model of disability. This is a question that is much more complex than you may expect, for a variety of reasons. Many people assume that to be physically disabled, you must be receiving government benefits related to your disability (such as social security disability insurance or SSDI). This is not the case.  As per the World Health Organization (WHO) via the Center for Disease Control (CDC)1, disability is defined as:  “1) Impairment in a person’s body structure or function, or mental functioning; examples of impairments include loss of a limb, loss of vision or memory loss. 2) Activity limitation, such as difficulty seeing, hearing, walking, or problem solving. 3) Participation restrictions in normal daily activities, such as working, engaging in social and recreational activities, and obtaining health care and preventive services.” That said- for the purpose of this, we will be working more under the medical model of disability. Disability essentially means that your functioning is limited due to health condition(s) or injury. This can be long-term or short-term, static or dynamic. Some examples of this include: An individual who broke their leg would have a temporarily but static

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