Definition of Disability

Definition of a Permanent Disability (PD)

The Alberta Student Financial Assistance Regulation defines a Permanent Disability (PD) as:

any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication, or sensory impairment, or a functional limitation that restricts the ability of a person to perform the daily activities necessary to pursue studies at a post-secondary level or to participate in the labour force and that is expected to remain with the person for the person’s lifetime.

Definition of a Persistent or Prolonged Disability (PPD)

The Alberta Student Financial Assistance Regulations defines a persistent or prolonged disability (PPD) as:

any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment, or a functional limitation that restricts the ability of a person to perform the daily activities necessary to pursue studies at a post-secondary level or to participate in the labour force and has lasted, or is expected to last, for a period of at least 12 months but is not expected to remain with the person for their lifetime.