Defining Physical Disability
Physical disability is defined in Wis. Stat. § 15.197 (4) (a) (2), as follows:
A physical condition, including an anatomical loss, or musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory or cardiovascular impairment, which results from injury, disease or congenital disorder and which significantly interferes with or significantly limits at least one major life activity of a person.
The phrase major life activity is defined in Wis. Stat. § 15197 (4) (a) (1). The definition includes:
Self-care, performance of manual tasks unrelated to gainful employment, walking, receptive and expressive language, breathing, working, participating in educational programs, mobility other than walking, and capacity for independent living.
The definitions cited above were established in 1990 as part of the statute that created the state Council on Physical Disabilities. This definition may be interpreted to include, but not be limited to persons with:
Amputation, cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, lung disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, polio, spina-bifida, spinal cord injury and disease.
Mentoring Resources for People with Disabilities
Are you interested in influencing the life direction and future success of a young person? Mentoring makes a difference. You can change the course of someone’s life by sharing your experience, insights, and talents. Please visit Great People Have Great Mentors to learn about opportunities for being a mentor and resources available for finding a mentor.
- Aging & Disability Resource Centers
- Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Resources
- Children with Physical Disabilities
- 2016 College Resources for Student with Disabilities
- Consumer Guide to Health Care – Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Units
- Council on Physical Disabilities
- Demographics of Disabilities in Wisconsin
- Family Care and Family Care Partnership
- Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities
- Health Care Benefits
- IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct)
- Independent Living Centers
- Long-Term Care and Support Resources
- Transportation and Parking Resources
- Trauma Care System
- Trauma-Informed Care
- Wheelchair Lemon Law
- WisTech (Wisconsin Assistive Technology Program)
- Wisconsin County Human Services Association