Data items contained on the Disability Data Folder Tab follow:
Significance of Disability
Required at 06, 08 (Intervening) from Status 06. Significance of Disability may be changed at any time.
Click down arrowhead for drop down list. Choices are:
Less or not significantly disabled: The individual does not meet the criteria for significant disability.
Significantly disabled: The applicant's physical and/or mental impairment(s) seriously limit(s) one or two of the following functional capacities in terms of employment: mobility, communication, self-care, self-direction, interpersonal skills, work skills, or work tolerance and will require multiple vocational rehabilitation services lasting six months or more. Vocational rehabilitation services that count towards "multiple services" cannot include evaluation services to determine eligibility or counseling and/or placement services provided by the counselor.
Most significantly disabled: The applicant's physical and/or mental impairment(s) seriously limit(s) three or more functional capacities in terms of achieving employment; mobility, communication, self-care, self-direction, interpersonal skills, work skills, or work tolerance and will require multiple vocational rehabilitation services lasting six months or more. Vocational rehabilitation services that count towards "multiple services" cannot include evaluation services to determine eligibility or counseling and/or placement services provided by the counselor.
To determine Significance of Disability, see Policy 205.00 and Procedure 205.00P.
Note: Individual must be designated as Most Significantly Disabled to move case to Status 06; SSI/SSDI recipient automatically considered Significantly Disabled.
The impairment rank includes: Application, Primary, Secondary and Secondary2-8. Click the down arrowhead and click the appropriate Rank.
Impairment at Application is optional.
Primary Impairment is required for Status 06, Status 08 (Ineligibility) and Status 09. If there is more than one disability, the Primary Impairment is the one that most limits the individual in terms of employment.
Secondary Impairment is required at Status 08 from 06; Status 26, 28, 30 and 32. If there is no Secondary Disability, enter Condition: no impairment, Cause/Source: cause unknown or enter Code: 0000. Up to eight Secondary Impairments may be entered.
An impairment code can be entered rather than choosing from the Condition and Cause/Source drop down lists. If a valid code is entered, the English description will display in the Condition field (first two digits of code) and Cause/Source field (last two digits of code). If the Impairment Code is applied, impairment description displays at the bottom of the screen. If an invalid code is entered, an Invalid Impairment Code message will display.
Sources of additional information can be found at:
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)
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Merck Manual - on-line
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00 no impairment
02 other visual impairment(s)
03 deafness, primary communication visual
Receptive Communication - primarily uses some form of sign language
Expressive Communication - primarily uses some form of sign language
Most rely on sign language interpreters as their first choice for communication access with hearing people. Generally use TTY and TTY Relay Services
04 deafness, primary communication auditory
Receptive Communication - primarily depends on speechreading and/or visual communication such as speech to text translation.
Expressive Communication - primarily use spoken language.
Have been identified in the past as being oral deaf or late deafened adults and now would also include many deaf individuals who use cochlear implants and/or English based sign language.
Generally use TTY and TTY Relay services, including Voice Carry-over (VCO) option.
05 hearing loss, primary communication visual
Receptive Communication - primarily depends on auditory input aided by hearing aids and/or assistive listening technology and often relies on visual cues such as speech reading, body language, text translation or an English based sign language to supplement auditory input.
Expressive Communication - primarily uses spoken language.
Generally use amplified telephone along with hearing aid T switch and may use TTY/VCO.
06 hearing loss, primary communication auditory
Receptive Communication - primarily uses remaining residual hearing which allows the individual to hear and understand speech with little or no visual input, generally with the use of hearing aids and can benefit from assistive listening technology use in some situations.
Expressive Communication - primarily uses spoken language.
Generally use telephone with ease using appropriate amplification.
07 other hearing impairment(s) (e.g., tinnitus, meniere's disease, hyperacusis, etc.)
While hearing loss is a major form of hearing impairment, there are other conditions of the hearing mechanism that bring with them functional limitations leading to disability such as the constant head noise of Tinnitus, the dizziness of Meniere's Disease or the extreme sensitivity to sound of hyperacusis. Such conditions require thorough evaluation by trained physicians and a variety of interventions are available requiring consultation with trained hearing health specialists.
The term "individual who is deaf-blind" means any individual -
1) who has a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or a field defect such that the peripheral diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees, or a progressive visual loss having a prognosis leading to one or both of these conditions;
(2) who has a chronic hearing impairment so severe that most speech cannot be understood with optimum amplification, or a progressive hearing loss having a prognosis leading to this condition; and
(3) for whom the combination of impairments described in clauses (1) and (2) cause extreme difficulty in attaining independence in daily life activities, achieving psychological adjustment, or obtaining a vocation;
1) who despite the inability to be measured accurately for hearing and vision loss due to cognitive or behavioral constraints, or both, can be determined through functional performance assessment to have severe hearing and visual disabilities that cause extreme difficulty in attaining independence in daily life activities, achieving psychosocial adjustment or obtaining vocational objectives.
09 communicative impairment(s) (expressive and/or receptive)
Speech and Language impairments for the most part come in combination with other impairments such as cerebral palsy, TBI, stroke, mental retardation, multiple sclerosis, deafness, etc., requiring significant intervention in addition to those provided relative to identified major disabling conditions. It is essential that communicative disabilities be recognized and attended to as either the major or secondary disability and appropriate interventions such as the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems be implemented.
10 orthopedic and/or neurological impairment(s) involving mobility
11 orthopedic and/or neurological impairment(s) involving manipulation and/or dexterity
12 orthopedic and/or neurological impairment(s) involving both mobility and manipulation/dexterity
13 other orthopedic impairment(s) (e.g., limited range of motion)
14 respiratory impairment(s)
15 general physical debilitation (e.g., fatigue, weakness, pain, etc.)
16 other physical impairment(s) (not otherwise identified)
17 cognitive impairment(s) (involving learning, thinking, processing information and/or concentration
18 psychosocial impairment(s) (e.g., interpersonal and/or behavioral impairments, difficulty coping, etc.)
19 other mental impairment(s) (including alcohol abuse, other drug abuse, mental and/or emotional impairments not elsewhere classified)
00 cause unknown
01 accident/injury (other than TBI or SCI)
02 alcohol abuse or dependence
04 anxiety disorder(s)
05 arthritis and/or rheumatism
06 asthma and/or other allergies
07 attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
09 blood disorder(s)
11 cardiac and/or other condition(s) of the circulatory system
12 cerebral palsy
13 congenital condition or birth injury
14 cystic fibrosis
15 depressive and/or other mood disorder(s)
16 diabetes mellitus
17 digestive (e.g., gastrointestinal disorder), other than eating disorder(s)
18 drug abuse or dependence (other than alcohol)
19 eating disorder(s) (e.g., anorexia, bulimia, or compulsive overeating)
20 end stage renal disease (ESRD) and/or other genitourinary system disorder(s)
22 HIV and/or AIDS
23 immune deficiency(ies) excluding HIV/AIDS
24 mental illness (not listed elsewhere)
25 mental retardation
26 multiple sclerosis
27 muscular dystrophy
28 Parkinson's Disease and/or other neurological disorder(s) (other than epilepsy, TBI, SCI, polio, MD and/or CP)
29 personality disorder(s)
30 physical disorder(s)/condition(s) (not listed elsewhere)
32 respiratory disorder(s) other than cystic fibrosis or asthma
33 schizophrenia and/or other psychotic disorder(s)
34 specific learning disability(ies)
35 spinal cord injury (SCI)
37 traumatic brain injury (TBI)
See Disability Tab: Documenting Impairment for information on how to record Impairment on Disability Tab.