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Person—other significant disability group, NDA code N[N]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termOther significant disability group
METeOR identifier:Help on this term511278
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Standard 13/03/2013 [Non DictionaryHelp on this term]
Definition:Help on this termThe impairments for a person in body structure or function, limitations in activities or restrictions in participation that exist at the same time as the primary disability, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—other significant disability type

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[N]
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
Intellectual/learning
1Intellectual (including Down syndrome)
2Specific learning/Attention Deficit Disorder (other than intellectual)
3Autism (including Asperger’s syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Delay)
12Developmental delay
Physical/diverse
4Physical
5Acquired brain injury
6Neurological (including epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease)
Sensory/speech
7Deafblind (dual sensory)
8Vision (sensory)
9Hearing (sensory)
10Speech
Psychiatric
11Psychiatric
Supplementary values:Help on this term
99Not stated/Inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

For a mapping of this value domain to the national standard for disability group follow this link 'Disability group code mapping from NCSDD to Disability Services Data Set'.

CODE 1 Intellectual (including Down syndrome)

Applies to conditions appearing in the developmental period (age 0–18 years) associated with impairments of mental functions, difficulties in learning and performing certain daily life skills and limitations of adaptive skills in the context of community environments compared to others of the same age.

Includes: Down syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, cri-du-chat syndrome.

CODE 2 Specific learning/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) (other than intellectual)

Learning disability is a general term referring to a group of disabilities, presumed due to central nervous system dysfunction rather than an intellectual disability, covering significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of organisational skills, listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning or mathematical skills.

CODE 3 Autism (including Asperger's syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Delay)

Autism is used to describe pervasive developmental disorders involving disturbances in cognition, interpersonal communication, social interactions and behaviour (in particular obsessive, ritualistic, stereotyped and rigid behaviours).

Includes: Asperger's syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Delay.

CODE 4 Physical

Physical disability is used to describe conditions that are attributable to a physical cause or impact on the ability to perform physical activities, such as mobility. Physical disability often includes impairments of the neuromusculoskeletal systems including, for example, the effects of paraplegia, quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, motor neurone disease, neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy, absence or deformities of limbs, spina bifida, arthritis, back disorders, ataxia, bone formation or degeneration, scoliosis.

Includes: impairments of the neuromusculoskeletal systems including, for example, the effects of paraplegia, quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, motor neurone disease, neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy, absence or deformities of limbs, spina bifida, arthritis, back disorders, ataxia, bone formation or degeneration, scoliosis.

CODE 5 Acquired brain injury 

Acquired brain injury is used to describe multiple disabilities arising from damage to the brain acquired after birth. Results in deterioration in cognitive, physical, emotional or independent functioning. May be as a result of accidents, stroke, brain tumours, infection, poisoning, lack of oxygen or degenerative neurological disease.

CODE 6 Neurological (including epiliepsy and Alzheimer's disease)

Neurological disability applies to to impairments of the nervous system occurring after birth, includes epilepsy and organic dementias (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease) as well as such conditions as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

CODE 7 Deafblind (dual sensory)

Deafblind refers to dual sensory impairments associated with severe restrictions in communication, and participation in community life.

Deafblindness is not just vision impairment with a hearing loss, or a hearing loss with a vision impairment. Deafblindness is a unique disability of its own requiring distinct communication and teaching practices.

CODE 8 Vision

Vision disability encompasses blindness and vision impairment (not corrected by glasses or contact lenses), which can cause severe restriction in communication and mobility, and in the ability to participate in community life.

CODE 9 Hearing 

Hearing disability encompasses deafness, hearing impairment, hearing loss.

CODE 10 Speech 

Speech disability encompasses speech loss, impairment and/or difficulty in being understood.

CODE 11 Psychiatric 

Psychiatric disability includes recognisable symptoms and behaviour patterns, frequently associated with distress, which may impair personal functioning in normal social activity. Includes the typical effects of conditions such as schizophrenia, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, addictive behaviours, personality disorders, stress, psychosis, depression and adjustment disorders.

For psychiatric disability one would normally expect there to be a diagnosis. General issues with behaviour (where there is no specific diagnosis) should be reflected in the support needs data (e.g. support needs in relation to ‘interpersonal interactions and relationships’) rather than here in ‘disability group’.

Includes: schizophrenia, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, addictive behaviours, personality disorders, stress, psychosis, depression and adjustment disorders.

CODE 12 Developmental delay

Applies to children aged 0–5 where conditions have appeared in the early developmental period, but no specific diagnosis has been made and the specific disability group is not yet known.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Multiple options may be chosen for co-existing disability group(s) making sure they are different to the option chosen for the primary group. For example, a person with a primary disability group of acquired brain injury (code 5), who also requires support in aspects of their life due to a speech disability and a psychiatric disability, should be ticked for code 10 (speech) and code 11 (psychiatric). Code 5 should not be ticked in this example, since acquired brain injury would already have been reported under the data element Primary disability group.

This data element should ideally reflect the views of both the service user and the funded agency. If there is a difference, the funded agency's assessment should be recorded.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Disability Data Network (NDDN)
Steward:Help on this termDisability Policy and Research Working Group (DPRWG)
Origin:Help on this termDisability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS): data guide 2012-13

Relational attributes

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See also Person—primary disability group, NDA code N[N] Community Services (retired), Standard 13/03/2013

See also Person—primary disability group, code N[N] Disability, Superseded 15/12/2017, Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Disability Services NMDS 2012-14 Community Services (retired), Standard 13/03/2013

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