Veterans Center

Who is a "person with a disability?"

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, a person with a disability is "any person who 1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities [including the operation of a major bodily function, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working], 2) has a record of such an impairment, or 3) is regarded as hav

What is a traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) include open and closed head injuries resulting in impairments in one or more areas, including cognition; language; memory; attention; reasoning; abstract thinking; judgment; problem solving; sensory, perceptual, and motor abilities; psychosocial behavior; physical functions; information processing; and speech. The term does not apply to brain injuries that are congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma.

Where can I find resources related to health impairments?

The Internet hosts a large quantity of websites and electronic discussion lists that contain information of interest to individuals with health impairments and their family members, friends, mentors, advocates, educators, employers, and coworkers. A collection of websites and discussion lists related to health impairments can be found at Disability-Related Resources on the Internet: Health Impairments.

Where can I find resources related to brain injuries?

The Internet hosts a large quantity of websites and electronic discussion lists that contain information concerning issues of interest to individuals with brain injuries and their family members, friends, mentors, advocates, educators, employers, and coworkers. A collection of websites and discussion lists related to brain injuries can be found at Disability-Related Resources: Brain Injury.

Where can I find resources related to learning disabilities and Attention-Deficit Disorder?

The Internet hosts a large quantity of websites and electronic discussion lists that contain information of interest to individuals with learning disabilities and/or Attention-Deficit Disorder and their family members, friends, mentors, advocates, educators, employers, and coworkers. Topics addressed include education, accommodations, diagnosis, employment, social development, and support networks.

Where can I find resources related to mobility impairments?

The Internet hosts a large quantity of websites and electronic discussion lists that contain information on issues of interest to individuals with mobility impairments, and their family members, friends, mentors, advocates, educators, employers, and coworkers. Topics addressed include universal design of living and work environments, current and proposed legislation, educational and employment accommodations, transition strategies, advances in technology, and support networks.

Where can I find resources related to visual impairments?

The Internet hosts a large quantity of websites and electronic discussion lists that contain information of interest to individuals with visual impairments and their family members, friends, mentors, advocates, educators, employers, and coworkers. Topics addressed include education, accommodations, definitions of different types of visual impairments, employment, social development, transportation, and support networks.

What is the Rehabilitation Act of 1973?

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and applies to any program that receives federal financial support. Section 504 of the Act is aimed at making educational programs and facilities accessible to all students. Section 508 of the Act requires that electronic office equipment purchased through federal procurement meet disability access guidelines.

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