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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Under the ADA, a disability is any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.
An impairment need limit only one major life activity to be considered a disability.
Second, it identified the major life activity upon which the plaintiff relied (reproduction and childbearing) and determined whether it constituted a major life activity under the ADA.
* Someone with a "physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity," including walking, talking, seeing, hearing, breathing, reasoning, or taking care of oneself.
America's Car-Mart, Inc., the plaintiff filed suit against his employer claiming disability discrimination on the basis of the plaintiff's severe obesity, which allegedly limited him in the major life activity of walking.
I think having children is a major life activity. Most view reproduction as an optional activity, a lifestyle choice, and as an infertile person I have not found much protection under the law.
It also made it easier to claim a psychiatric condition substantially impacts a "major life activity" and therefore is a disability.
"[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.
In particular, the amendments modify the definition of "disability" to more broadly encompass physical and mental impairments that substantially limit a major life activity.
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."
Much more ink--that of both academics and judges--has been spilled over the pre-Amendments Act ADA's meanings of "substantially limits" and "major life activity." (26) The Supreme Court's inappropriately narrow construction of these terms was explicitly referred to in the text of the ADAAA.