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Definitions of Disability

Disability can be defined in a multitude of ways - depending on the purpose of the definition, i.e. for legal clarification or for access or eligibility for services. It is important when discussing disability that the definition is clearly articulated to ensure a shared understanding is held by all parties. The following information outlines the departmental definitions of disability.

The overarching departmental definition of disability is the same definition as outlined in Section 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and then adopted as part of the Disability Standards for Education (the Standards) that became law in 2005 as subordinate legislation.

All Queensland education providers, state and non state, are required to adhere to the DDA and the Standards. The primary purpose of the Standards is to clarify, and make more explicit, the obligations of education and training service providers under the DDA and the rights of people with disability in relation to education and training.

The Departmental Disability Definitions fact sheet Adobe PDF document 48K outlines the departmental definitions of disability in relation to the associated support options provided by Education Queensland.

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