It may be used to refer to physical or mental attributes that some institutions, particularly medicine, view as needing to be fixed (the medical model).
It may 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 related term that describes an individual's performance level.
Debates about proper terminology and their implied politics continue in disability communities and the academic field of disability studies.
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In some countries, the law requires that disabilities are documented by a healthcare provider in order to assess qualifications for disability benefits.
Contemporary understandings of disability derive from concepts that arose during the West's scientific Enlightenment; prior to the Enlightenment, physical differences were viewed through a different lens.