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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.
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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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Having a handicapped parking placard does not give anyone the right to abuse it.
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"Suffice it to have an obliging director of an institution, a doctor who declares them handicapped, a lawyer who knows adoption practices, a trafficker of minors, a body authorized to handle adoptions, and someone who pays up to $50,000 for a European family to take a child home in two months, declared an invalid but very healthy," Father Benzi explained.
The government's panel to promote measures for handicapped people decided last August to remove the clause from medical-related laws, including a law concerning public health nurses, midwives and nurses by fiscal 2002, which begins in April 2002.
At first, accomodating the handicapped didn't seem like such a big job; total costs were about $1 billion in 1977.
In the early 1980s the Secretary of State for Wales appointed Davies to a working party to look at future provision for the mentally handicapped in Wales.
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