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§ 7-701. Definitions

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHuman ServicesEffective: October 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Human Services (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Individuals with Disabilities (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Mobility Impaired Individuals (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2021
MD Code, Human Services, § 7-701
§ 7-701. Definitions
In general
(a) In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b) “Blind” means:
(1) a visual acuity not exceeding 20/200 in the better eye with corrective lenses; or
(2) a visual field of which the widest diameter subtends an angle of not more than 20 degrees.
(c) “Deaf” means a permanent hearing loss:
(1) that necessitates the use of amplification devices to hear oral communication; or
(2) for which amplification devices are ineffective.
(d) “Disability” has the meaning stated in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12102.
Housing accommodations
(e) “Housing accommodations” means real property, or a portion of real property, that is:
(1) offered for compensation; and
(2) used or occupied, or intended to be used or occupied, as the residence or lodging of at least one individual.
Mobility impaired
(f) “Mobility impaired” means an inability to carry objects or to move or travel without the use of an assistive device or service animal.
Service animal
(g) “Service animal” means a guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including:
(1) guiding individuals with impaired vision;
(2) alerting individuals with impaired hearing to an intruder or sounds;
(3) providing minimal protection or rescue work;
(4) pulling a wheelchair;
(5) fetching dropped items; or
(6) detecting the onset of a seizure.
Service animal trainer
(h) “Service animal trainer” means a person who trains or raises service animals for individuals with disabilities, whether the person is a professional or volunteer.


Added by Acts 2007, c. 3, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2007. Amended by Acts 2007, c. 241, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2007; Acts 2008, c. 594, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2008; Acts 2008, c. 595, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2008; Acts 2012, c. 305, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2012; Acts 2021, c. 178, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2021; Acts 2021, c. 179, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2021.
MD Code, Human Services, § 7-701, MD HUMAN SERV § 7-701
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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