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Eliana Martinez, a devdopmentally and physically disabled orphan with AIDS from Puerto Rico, was adopted by a family in Florida. She was required by a Florida court order to attend her school classes inside a glass enclosure, a ruling that was overturned after great controversy.
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KONSTANTINE PINTERIS Related Entries: Children; Child Sexual Abuse; Disabilities, People with; Mental

Health; Mental Illnesses, People with; Sexual Assault Key Words: developmental disabilities, mental retardation

Further Reading

Disability is defined as a physical, mental, or emotional “difference” that can affect the physical functioning, environmental access, educational or career opportunities, and social interactions of an individual’s life. The term disability commonly refers to limited physical mobility, vision, or hearing but can also refer to mental or emotional illnesses, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and various chronic physical illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.