Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 167–172 | Cite as

The difference between disability and impairment: A distinction worth making

  • Jasen M. Walker


American employers pay far too much for workplace disability. In part, disability expenditures continue to increase because key decision-makers in work organizations do not understand the difference between impairment and disability. Impairment is a medical issue. Disability is a non-medical concept; a vocational issue. Disability can be managed like any other vocational problem. Managing disability in the workplace is a function of employer commitment and planned team effort. Managing disability can save employers substantial costs.

Key Words

impairment disability disability management 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jasen M. Walker
    • 1
  1. 1.Unit #9CEC Associates Inc.Valley Forge

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