USA Toolkit 2.02 - Secondary Conditions

USA Toolkit 2.02 - Secondary Conditions

WHAT ARE SECONDARY CONDITIONS

AS THEY RELATE TO DISABILITY

NOTE: This is a non-medical and un-official explanation of

Secondary Conditions as related to people with a disability.

Simply stated, a SECONDARY CONDITION is the effect that the person’s disability may have on their life. People with one or two main disabilities, may have other disabilities, too - and even more secondary conditions.

Here’s an example: Joey’s main disability is a paralyzed leg with pain. Joey has fallen a lot as he has had this "bum leg" since he was a kid. He has a moderate hearing impairment. And he was just diagnosed with diabetes related to his weight.

As you go through this list, think about Joey and his secondary conditions, or your own situation. Here is a list of some of the most common Secondary Conditions related to disability that often threaten one’s ability to be active at home and involved in the community.

A LIST OF SOME OF THE SECONDARY CONDITIONS









People with disabilities MUST play an active role in making their own lives better.
Here are some ways to do that: