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An estimated 15 percent of the world's population lives with some form of disability, with a higher prevalence of disability among older people ( World Health Organization [WHO] 2011 ). Physical disabilities most often affect a person's ability to perform tasks involving mobility and self-care (e.g., walking, driving, maintaining hygiene, and cooking). Some individuals are born with specific infirmities, referred to as congenital disabilities, whereas others experience physical limitations later in life, referred to as acquired disabilities. Physical disability categories include musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disabilities (Handicaps Welfare Association n.d.) as well as visual and hearing impairments such as blindness and deafness.
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Families, Marriages, and Intimate Relationships
Farmington Hills, Michigan
Valley-Gray, S. A.,
Cash, R. E.
(2019). Physical Disabilities. Macmillan Encyclopedia of Families, Marriages, and Intimate Relationships, 668-673.
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