Persons with disabilities who come from diverse ethnic and racial populations in American society are not much different from those of Caucasian background, in that both often face the same physical and attitudinal barriers; however, they may be confronted with some unique barriers within their own ethnic and racial communities in addition to those faced in the larger society.

Persons with disabilities are defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act as those who have an impairment that affects their function in one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, or working, or are regarded by others as having an impairment that limits their ability to perform these activities. Those who are regarded as having disabilities recognize they may be discriminated against ...

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