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Disability: A Brief Conceptual Overview


  • Chacko, Anooja


Disability is an umbrella term consisting of various deprivations and capacity limitations of people. As it generally decelerates the overall performance of people and society, it demands constant assessment. The definitions and classification should be done properly. The present paper makes a detailed conceptual overview of the concepts and classification of disability. The diverse instances of disabilities points out to the urgency for comprehensive policy action covering multiple aspects of livelihood vulnerability. In several cases disability serves as a feeding ground for poverty and other forms of discrimination. Hence it underscores the robust initiatives from the government to address the issue with due recognition.

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  • Chacko, Anooja, 2015. "Disability: A Brief Conceptual Overview," MPRA Paper 75062, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Nov 2016.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:75062

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    disability; social model; medical model; livelihood;
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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other

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