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a total or partial loss of a person's bodily or mental functions (e.g. Paraplegia, Epilepsy)
total or partial loss of a part of the body (e.g. amputation)
presence in the body of organisms causing illness or disease (e.g. AIDS or Hepatitis)
presence in the body of organisms capable of causing disease (e.g. being HIV positive, although not having AIDS)
the malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of a person's body (e.g. a vision impairment)
a disorder or malfunction that results in a person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction (e.g. Dyslexia)
a disorder, illness or disease that affects a person's thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgement or that results in disturbed behaviour (e.g. Alzheimer's disease or psychiatric conditions)
This broad definition is meant to ensure that everyone with a disability is protected.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) covers a disability which people:
Had in the past (e.g. a past episode of depression)
May have in the future (e.g. a family history of a disability which a person may also develop)
Are believed to have
The DDA also covers people with a disability who may be discriminated against because they use assistive aids such as a wheelchair, a guide dog, audio equipment, a carer, interpreter or scribe.
Please also refer to Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Act 1991