major life activity

Psychology Any function—e.g., caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, working
Social medicine Any activity that constitutes economic, intellectual, and functional self-sufficiency—e.g., ability to maintain a job, learning, mobility, self-direction

major life activity

Social medicine Any activity that constitutes economic, intellectual, and functional self-sufficiency–eg, ability to maintain a job, learning, mobility, self-direction. See Activities of daily living.
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Lupo's] physical injury was an actual disability from her surgery which limited the major life activity of working when such work required a wig to be worn," court papers said.
15, 2011, the appellate court sided with the company and ruled that because the driver was able to handle long-haul trucking, he was "not substantially limited in the major life activity of working.
In particular, the amendments modify the definition of "disability" to more broadly encompass physical and mental impairments that substantially limit a major life activity.
29 "because of his disability or because it regarded him as having a disability that substantially limited him in performing a major life activity," the suit says.
The new rules also expand the definition of disability to cover impairments that substantially limit only a single major life activity rather than many life activities (the rules also now define "major life activities" more clearly than in tire past).
8) The Court held that the key terms of the definition, including major life activity and substantial limitation, should be interpreted narrowly.
A federal district court in Indiana ruled in August that cancer in remission is a disability under the ADA regardless of whether the illness affects a major life activity of the employee.
Supreme Court ruled that reproduction was a major life activity and that a person with HIV qualified for protection under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) because HIV substantially impaired that major life activity.
For example, Congress rejected the requirement to consider the effects of mitigating measures when determining whether an impairment substantially limits a major life activity.
37) Under the 1990 ADA, an employee often could not establish a claim based on something as serious as cancer, (38) yet under the ADAAA, the definition of a major life activity seems relatively limitless.
Under the prior ADA, the term "substantially limited" in a major life activity meant "an individual must have an impairment that prevents or severely restricts the individual from doing activities that are of central importance to most people's daily lives.
In comparison to the two elements of (a) classification, such as SLD, and (b) need for special education under the IDEA, eligibility under [section] 504 continues to require three essential elements: (a) physical or mental impairment on a (b) major life activity to a (c) substantial extent.

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