Determine Whether Your Condition Is Listed in the ADA Regulations
The ADA regulations are a good place to start, because they give some helpful examples of conditions that are considered physical or mental impairments, such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, HIV disease, alcoholism, tuberculosis, and drug addiction (but not current drug use). This list is not exclusive - the conditions covered by the ADA are not limited to the ones listed above.
Determine Whether It "substantially limits one or more of the major life activities"
"Major life activities" can include caring for yourself, performing manual tasks, breathing, learning, walking, hearing, and seeing. Are any of these activities substantially limited by your condition?
Determine Whether You Have a Record of a Physical or Mental Impairment
Having a record of an impairment simply means that a person has a history of an impairment or has been misclassified as having a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Determine Whether You Are Regarded As Having a Physical or Mental Impairment
Under the ADA, a disability is "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities...a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment." Therefore, you might be considered disabled under the meaning of the ADA if you are "regarded as having such an impairment." In other words, if you are treated as though you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities when you actually do not, you might be considered disabled under the ADA.
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