A disability is any condition that makes it more difficult for a person to do certain activities or effectively interact with the world around them (socially or materially). These conditions, or impairments, may be cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, sensory, or a combination of multiple factors. Impairments causing disability may be present from birth or can be acquired during a person's lifetime. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities defines disability as:

long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder [a person's] full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
Disability is a contested concept, with shifting meanings in different communities. It has been referred to as an "embodied difference," but the term may also refer to physical or mental attributes that some institutions, particularly medicine, view as needing to be fixed (the medical model). It may also refer to limitations imposed on people by the constraints of an ableist society (the social model); or the term may serve to refer to the identity of disabled people. Physiological functional capacity (PFC) is a measure of an individual's performance level that gauges one's ability to perform the physical tasks of daily life and the ease with which these tasks are performed. PFC declines with age and may result to frailty, cognitive disorders, or physical disorders, all of which may lead to labeling individuals as disabled. According to the World Report on Disability, 15% of the world's population or 1 billion people are affected by disability. A disability may be readily visible, or invisible in nature.

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    New guy in hillsboro. Disabled vet with huge collection to sell.

    Hi guys I'm chuck! I recently returned to Hillsboro after 7 years of service in the Army. I'm mainly here to sell off my late father's large collection of rifles and pistols. Funds to be used making my fixer upper home livable for me and my family. Look for me in the for sale forums.
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    Adaptive shooting

    Hi, I am looking to participate in adaptive sports. One of the events that disabled sports and adaptive sports host is Shooting. I am new to these programs and over the past year I have been trying to find adaptive programs that are local and affordable. Unfortunately, most are not around or...
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