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Individual with Disabilities: The term disabilities is considered equivalent to the term handicap. Eligibility requirements for fully accessible units are contained in 7 CFR 3560.154(g)(l)(i) and 3560.155(b). A person is considered to have a disability if either of the following two situations occur:

(1) As defined in section 501(b) of the Housing Act of 1949. The person is the head of household (or his or her spouse) and is determined to have an impairment which:

(i) Is expected to be long-continued and indefinite duration;

(ii) Substantially impedes his or her ability to live independantly; and

(iii) Is of such a nature that such ability could be improved by more suitable housing conditions, or if such person has a developmental disability as defined in section 102(7) of the Developmental Disability and Bill of Rights Act (42 U.S.C.6001(7)).

(2) As defined in the Fair Housing Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1937. The person has a physcial or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more or such person's major activities; a record of such impairment. The term does not include current, illegal use of or addiction to a controlled substance. As used in this definition, physical or mental impairment includes:

(i) Any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special organs; respitory; including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genito-urinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine;

(ii) Any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilites. The term "physical or mental impairment" includes, but is not limited to, such diseases and conditions as orthopedic, visual, speech and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, muscual distrophy, multilple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection, mental retardation, emotional illness, drug addiction (other than addiction caused by current, illegal use of a controlled substance), and alcoholism;

(iii) Major life activities means functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working;

(iv) Has a record of such impairment means has a history of, or has been misclassified as having mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;

(v) Is regarded as having an impairment means:


(A) Has a phsycial or mental impairment that does not substantially limit one or more major of life activities but that is treated by the borrower or management agent as consituting such a limitation;

(B) Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities only as a result of the attitudes of others toward such impairment; or

(C) Has none of the impairment described in this definition but is treated by another person as having such impairment.