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Vulnerable Population (Disability) Authors’ Name Institutional Affiliation Abstract There are many disabled people living in the society, and who need special care and privileges to improve their living conditions. In USA, the number of disabled people as per 2010 was above 56 million, with majority of them having severe disabilities…
They entail IDEA, ADA, Rehabilitation Act, Housing facility Act and Telecommunication Act and their amendments, the open and closed ended entitlement programs for disabled insurance and benefits, and the federal and state grant programs. This document provides a discussion on these people in the US society and also covers the 2020 objectives of ensuring healthy people in the disabled population, and the various roles of nurses in supporting this vulnerable group. Keywords: Disability, Nurses, Statistics, Policies, Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Barriers to Healthcare, Public Health, Age Introduction There is a big number of disabled people in the world population than anyone could ever imagine. While some can speak up for themselves and appear in the public, others are left under homecare and centres. Disabilities vary; they could be permanent or temporary and could affect varying body parts and functions. According to the US federal government, disability is defined “as a mental or physical impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities,” hence, ranging from physiological to psychological disorders and more non listed conditions (Wisconsin Department of Health services, 2013). ...
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