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1. Having become or having been rendered inoperative: a disabled vehicle.
2. Having a disability: a disabled veteran.
(used with a pl. verb) People with physical or mental impairments, considered as a group. rights of the disabled.

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Q. Is it true that fibromyalgia is a disability? I haven't worked long enough to draw my regular social security, the fibromyalgia i have had since 1996 keeps me from working, so why can't i get ssi and some health insurance please help me.

A. Fibromyalgia is a relatively new term in the medical world, which primarily is defined by muscle and tissue pain and the etiology, or reason is unknown. Also, sufferers react to pain with a light touch often. Other symptoms include stiff joints and insomnia.

Fibromyalgia is considered a symptom, as this is when a set of symptoms occur together without known cause. A disability, however, is a physical defect or illness that is clearly defined.

Fibromyalgia shares symptoms of those who have a high degree of stress and/or anxiety, so this has been suggested as the cause as well. These links that follow might help more:

About.com: Fibromyalgia - News, information, and support for sufferers of fibromyalgia.
Arthritis Insight-Fibromyalgia - Definition, the symptoms, and how is it diagnosed and treated.
Autonomic (Sympathetic) Nervous System Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia - Fibromyalgia symptoms can be explained by autonomic (sympathetic) nervous system dysfunction
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Q. What kind of job would suit a person with a disability like arthritis? My Dad is settled in USA, and he suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can anyone suggest me a job which he can take up, which he can do, without too much of physical work? He is well educated and was a teacher in India, but he is waiting for his certificates to get to USA, to apply for teaching positions.

A. Assuming you don't consider teaching in a classroom too much physical work, he should probably wait for his teaching certificates to clear and then work as a teacher. I meas, why do you feel he should change his career?

Q. Could ADHD be the reason my nine year old can not read or tell the difference between 16 and 60? My nine year old can not read or remember how to spell little words like as and on. She also has major problems with complicated sorting that other child younger then her can do. The school says it is because she is not on medication for her ADHD. She has a younger sister who has ADHD and is not on medication and she is doing well in school. Can ADHD cause all her problems or is there something else going on.

A. I have a 13-year-old child who has ADHD along with learning disabilities including an auditory processing disorder and a working memory disorder (diagnosed in 2nd grade). Not sure if the attention symptoms are because of the learning disabilities, etc. LD goes hand in hand with ADHD and vice verse. A very high percentage of people who have ADHD also have something else going on such as learning disabilities, oppositional defiance disorder, bipolar disorder, etc. My child is 13 now and has always exhibited signs of ADHD, LD and ODD. You should have your child tested at the school level for learning disabilities. Write a letter requesting testing for learning disabilities and give it to your school's principal. The school then has I believe 30 days to respond with testing.This will let you know if your child also has a learning disability going on with the ADHD. It also gives you the option of allowing your child to receive Special Education services in a resource class.

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It also found that disabled people are much more likely to be in poverty than non-disabled people.
He said so far 1200 disabled of Khyber Agency got themselves registered with his organisation, adding that with the help of philanthropists and volunteers, his organsiation was providing wheelchairs to the disabled persons and other facilities.
We must all work to break down the barriers, both physical and those of attitude, to ensure disabled people have equality of opportunity to work and play their full role in society.
Chairman of board of Kuwait Disabled Sport Club Shafi Al-Hajri, in a statement to KUNA, said the disabled people needed real support from all segments of the society namely executive and legislative authorities.
Meanwhile, some university students in EskiE-ehir province organized a rather unusual event, in which they launched a campaign titled "We are becoming disabled," pretending to be disabled for a day to see and feel like disabled people.
Surely it is better to redirect some of the increases in benefit payments into trying and hopefully succeeding in getting the disabled back into work rather than "bleed" our already overburdened social security system.
As part of a project employing disabled individuals in their homes, GSM operators and Turk Telekom phone company has employed 110 disabled individuals, Yildirim said.
Trailblazers' project manager Bobby Ancil said: "We are hoping our investigation will show there is equality in employment for disabled people, but the stories we''ve heard so far suggest there is still discrimination going on.
Hanifa said there was a demand to employ disabled Saudis and that a number of companies regularly contact the association looking to hire disabled people.
The goal of the project was to demonstrate the potential of disabled persons to become self-sufficient.
Violante's testimony examined several possible circumstances under which disabled veterans might be offered a one-time payment and provided detailed reasons why such a plan would not be practical for the VA and would not be in the best interests of veterans.
According to Yell, it is designed to protect disabled children from discrimination.

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