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Glossary Term: Disability (relating to Workplace Accommodation for Employees with Medical Disabilities)


may be physical or non-physical in nature. Physical disabilities can be visible or non-visible. Disability as defined in the Code means any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement and without limiting the generality of the foregoing includes: epilepsy; any degree of paralysis; amputation, lack of physical co-ordination; blindness or visual impediment; deafness or hearing impediment; muteness or speech impediment; or physical reliance on a service animal, wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device; or any of an intellectual disability or impairment; a learning disability or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in the comprehension or use of symbols or spoken language; or a mental disorder. A disability may be chronic, progressive/degenerative, temporary or permanent. Chronic*: Of long duration and slow progression. Illnesses that are chronic develop slowly over time, and do not end. Symptoms may be continual or intermittent, but the Employee usually has the condition for life. Progressive*: 1. Moving forward; advancing. 2. Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments, as of a course of treatment. 2. Tending to become more severe or wider in scope, as of a disease or paralysis. Degenerative*(degeneration): deterioration; change from a higher to a lower form, especially change of tissue to a lower or less functionally active form. Temporary Disability: means any disability from which the Employee is expected to recover at some point in time (i.e. 10 days, 6 months, 2 years) to pre-disability levels. Permanent Disability: means any disability from which the Employee is not expected to recover fully to pre-disability levels. *As defined by WebMD
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