Academic & Disability Support Office

What is a disability?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008:

An individual has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; is regarded as having a record of such an impairment or, is regarded has having such an impairment.

Major life activities include, but are not limited to:

Caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and walking

A major life activity also includes the operation of major bodily function including, but not limited to: functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.

An individual is “regarded as” having a disability if the individual establishes that he or she has been subjected to an action prohibited under the ADAAA because of an actual or perceived physical or mental impairment whether or not the impairment limits or is perceived to limit a major life activity.