Quad - "Quad" is a shortened form of Quadriplegia. Generally, only a person experiencing quadriplegia uses the term quad, and they may be insulted if anyone else uses it. As a rule, never label or identify a person by the name of a characteristic of that person. Especially do not use slang terms for a characteristic (like "quad") as a label - only the person themselves may do that. Most people have encountered this issue regarding racial epithets (or slang terms for races) which may be used by people within a racial group but never by outsiders. So it may be acceptable for Juan to say, "As quads, we have a hard time avoiding medical complications", but a person who is not quadriplegic should NEVER say, "You quads need to take better care of yourselves to avoid medical complications." (also see the encyclopedia entry on Client/Consumer Language)
Quadriplegia - a medical term for weakness or paralysis in all four limbs. See Spinal Cord Injury in the encyclopedia.
Rehabilitation Act and Regulations - The "Rehab Act" authorizes federal funding for state rehabilitation services, including evaluation, counseling, training placement, and rehabilitation technology services to qualified people. The Rehabilitation Act was passed in 1973 and updated in 1992.
Rehabilitation Center - an office that provides, or helps provide, rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities. A Rehabilitation Center is a type of Community Rehabilitation Program, but one that is housed in a particular building or place.
Rehabilitation Process - The defined steps a person with a disability goes through when getting services from a state VR agency (see longer encyclopedia entry)
Rehabilitation Services - Any service (people, equipment, guidance, therapy, etc.) that helps a person with a disability achieve the goals expressed in the Rehab Act: self-determination, independent living, choices, contribution to society, meaningful career, etc. Compare to VR Services.
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