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What definitions apply to this chapter?

"Competitive employment" means:
(1) Part-time or full-time work;
(2) Work that is performed in an integrated setting;
(3) Work for which an individual is paid at or above the minimum wage; and
(4) Work for which an individual earns the same wages and benefits as other employees doing similar work who are not disabled.
"Employment outcome" means competitive employment, supported employment, self-employment, telecommuting, business ownership, or any other type of employment in an integrated setting that is consistent with an individual's strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice.
"Extended employment" means work in a nonintegrated or sheltered setting for a public or private nonprofit agency or organization that provides compensation in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
"Extreme medical risk" means medical conditions that are likely to result in substantial physical or mental impairments or death if services, including mental health services, are not provided quickly.
"Family member" means a person who is your relative or legal guardian; or someone who lives in the same household as you and has a substantial interest in your well being.
"Individual with a disability" means an individual:
(1) Who has a physical or mental impairment;
(2) Whose impairment results in a substantial impediment (medical, psychological, vocational, educational, communication, and others) hindering her or his ability to achieve an employment outcome; and
(3) Who can achieve an employment outcome as a result of receiving VR services.
"Integrated setting" means:
(1) The setting in which you receive a VR service is integrated if it is a setting commonly found in the community (such as a store, office or school) where you come into contact with nondisabled people while you are receiving the service. The nondisabled people you come into contact with are not the same people providing VR services to you.
(2) The setting in which you work is integrated if it is a setting commonly found in the community where you come into contact with nondisabled people as you do your work. The amount of contact you have with nondisabled people is the same as what a nondisabled person in the same type of job would experience.
"Most recent tax year" means the most recent calendar year for which you filed or were required to file an income tax return with the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
"Physical, mental or sensory impairment" means:
(1) Any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: Neurological, musculo-skeletal, special sense organs, respiratory (including speech organs), cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine; or
(2) Any mental or psychological disorder such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
"Representative" means any person chosen by an applicant or eligible individual, including a parent, family member or advocate, unless a representative has been appointed by a court to represent the individual, in which case the court-appointed representative is the individual's representative.
"Substantial impediment to employment" means the limitations you experience as a result of a physical, mental or sensory impairment that hinder your ability to prepare for, find, or keep a job that matches your abilities and capabilities.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.29.020, 74.08.090, August 1998 amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 34 C.F.R. Parts 361 and 363, chapters 74.29, 43.19 RCW, RCW 43.43.832, 4.24.550, 71.09.340, 9A.44.130, and chapter 26.44 RCW. WSR 03-02-014, ยง 388-891-0010, filed 12/20/02, effective 2/3/03.]
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