Physically impaired Law and Legal Definition

Physical impairment is a disability that limits a person’s physical capacity to move, coordinate actions, or perform physical activities. It is also accompanied by difficulties in one or more of the following areas: physical and motor tasks, independent movement; performing daily living functions.

Impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.[WHO]

The following is an example of a state statute (Ohio) defining the term:

Pursuant to ORC Ann. 2151.011, physical impairment means having one or more of the following conditions that substantially limit one or more of an individual's major life activities, including self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, and self-direction:

a substantial impairment of vision, speech, or hearing;

a congenital orthopedic impairment;