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Handicap

A disability. The term is sometimes considered derogatory. In the United States, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 used the word "handicap" to refer to a disability, while the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 used the word "disability" on the assumption that it had the same definition as "handicap." Courts interpreted this differently and applied a higher standard to the definition of "disability." Congress changed this with the passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which declared the two words to have the same meaning.

handicap

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of a handicap.A handicap has been defined as having the same meaning as disability. Persons with disabilities are persons with mental or physical impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities. The term mental or physical impairment may include conditions such as blindness, hearing impairment, mobility impairment, HIV infection, mental retardation, alcoholism, drug addiction, chronic fatigue, learning disability, head injury, and mental illness.The term major life activity may include seeing, hearing, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for one's self, learning, speaking, or working.The Fair Housing Act also protects persons who have a record of such an impairment or are regarded as having such an impairment.

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I however think that it is a good idea for someone in the handicap committee to ensure that the new golfer has a good idea on the Rules of Golf.
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Counselors are encouraged to assess how vocational handicaps secondary to a disabling problem can affect a client over his or her "worklife" and to adopt a life-span approach to career decision making of people with disabilities.
If the defendant can make this showing, the burden would shift once again, requiring the plaintiff to rebut the employer's evidence by showing that the accommodation of the handicap imposes no such undue hardship upon defendant.
The district court issued an injunction preventing the school district from suspending any handicapped student for misbehavior related to his or her handicap.
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June 11: Ashton Open Men's Single Stroke for the DJ Boardman Trophy Entrance fee: Visitors pounds 15 Members pounds 10 Handicap limit: 18