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What is a multiple sclerosis (MS) disability?

Louis Rosner
Neurology
Unfortunately, there is no universal language that doctors, scientists, and researchers speak when it comes to addressing disability. Therefore, many discussions of disability and the course of multiple sclerosis (MS) are misleading.

 The International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies (IFMSS,) is attempting to establish a standard for international studies. But it has been difficult for experts to agree on exactly what is a disability. For example, if a person is in a wheelchair, does that person have a disability? Some say yes. Some say no, if that person remains gainfully employed with an unaltered quality of life. The World Health Organization (WHO) evaluates the person's neurological impairment and distinguishes between the words disability and handicap. Disability, according to the W H O classification, measures difficulties in carrying out daily activities such as dressing and cooking, and handicap measures the effects of a disease on occupation and income.

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