suspected disability

Discussion in 'Legal Terminology' started by NyCalGirl, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. NyCalGirl Senior Member

    Hi, I work at a special education law firm and I often translate for Spanish-speaking parents. One of the terms I've had difficulty figuring out how to say is "suspected disability." When a school conducts an evaluation of a disabled child and writes up an IEP (individualized education plan) the school must evaluate the child in "all areas of suspected disability" (e.g. speech, physical disability, mental, etc.)

    So far I have just been saying: "todos los campos de incapacidad" but I feel like there is probably a sufficient adjective to describe "suspected." However, "incapacidades sospechadas" doesn't sound right to me. Perhaps "incapacidades presumidas" or "todos los campos existentes de incapacidad?"

    Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. CertInterp Member

    Herndon, VA-USA
    I would have probably automatically have said "sospechadas", but I think that "presumida" sounds better.
  3. LeaM

    LeaM Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    Opino "presunta" o "posible discapacidad".
  4. samuel1000 Senior Member

    Español (Colombia)
  5. "Posible discapacidad", considering the context.

    The school conducts the evaluation of a child to determine whether there is a disability involded or not, so as to apply the most adequate and appropriate teaching methods in each case.

    "Presunta discapacidad" has a different connotation - negative in many cases - indicating that such condition is been questioned or disputed. Sometimes in cases of feigned or exaggerated medical problems for compensation or service-avoidance, or to receive some payment from an insurance policy or pension plan. In other cases, as an extenuating or mitigating circumstance to exclude or reduce responsibility for criminal activity before a court.
  6. Sorry CertInterp, but neither "incapacidades sospechadas" nor "incapacidades presumidas" are correct Spanish.
  7. NyCalGirl Senior Member

    Thanks for your detailed explanation!

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