The Disabilities Of The Americans With Disabilities Act

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In America, almost one in five people live with a disability (US Census Bureau, 2015). There are 6.4 million children between the ages of 3 to 21 that are receiving special education services (National Center for Education Statistics, 2014). In Georgia, 23.4% of the population are people under the age of 21 living with a disability (Erickson & Schrader, 2014). Bulloch County has a population of 71,214 and of the entire population, 16% of them are living with a disability (Cornell, 2012). By the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person who is considered disabled is someone who has physical or mental impairment, which significantly limits one or more major life activities. The [GC1] two types of disabilities are cognitive and physical. People with intellectual disorders are referred to as having trouble with educational endeavors, expressing themselves through spoken and written language, and may have trouble interpreting information through body language and/or social cues (Muhlenburg College, 2003). Types of cognitive disabilities include Asperger’s syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, and others (Muhlenbug College, 2003). A physical/medical disability is one that limits a person’s physical function, mobility, dexterity, and stamina (College Board, 2015). Types of physical disabilities include cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, and others. Both of these types of disabilities significantly
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