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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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Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R and A, said: 'There are many ways in which it is important for golf to modernise and become more appealing for people thinking of taking up the sport and handicapping is clearly one of them.
If the team determines that the student's misbehavior and the handicapping condition are not related and the student is expelled, the school district must continue to provide special education services.
That is the wonderful quality of the golf's handicapping.This is the reason why a high handicapper can take on a champion golfer in a match.
This improvement in competitiveness has been achieved through a careful balancing act, hence the often controversial nature of handicapping. Too severe an increase in the ratings of winners and placed horses would make such horses uncompetitive in future handicaps, and more lenient treatment would disadvantage future rivals.
About five or six years ago, with the retirement of Christopher Mordaunt, a new style of handicapping was imposed.
In some ways, Asian handicapping is similar to spread betting.
The odds will be close to evens - the purpose of handicapping, after all, is to artificially manufacture an even contest - but there will still be an overround, because bookmakers will obviously try to build profit-margins into their activities.
Bull advocated abandoning the present handicapping system in favour of mean-rated handicaps.
The surprise development, which comes amid intense scrutiny of Britain's handicapping system, was greeted with conditional support from three different sources yesterday.