Disability is a social construct, and therefore is interpreted differently between people and over time. Statistics Canada considers individuals to be disabled if they have limitations in activities of daily living because of long term physical conditions, mental conditions or health problems, or if they have been told by a health professional that they have learning or mental health disabilities. However, there are certainly differences in the definition of disability used for statistical purposes and that are used to determine the allocation of resources to social programs.
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2. The photos "Disabled but web-abled" and "Auto wash" by Angelo Jacinto and Kenan Gurbuz are two of 33 awarded photographs from the WHO photo contest "Images of Health and Disability 2003". The contest was organized in order to promote the understanding and use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).Used with permission. http://www.who.int/features/2005/disability/en/index.html accessed April 11, 2006