Substantially Limits

A term used to define disability ( under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ( (ADA), as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 ( (ADAAA). One way an individual is recognized as having a disability under the ADA is if he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities ( .

The ADAAA and its implementing regulations changed the ADA's definition of substantially limits, but did not set out a precise new definition. Instead, the regulations provide nine rules of construction to help employers assess whether an impairment substantially limits a major life activity. For more information on these rules of construction, see Practice Note, Disability Accommodation under the ADA: Definition of Substantially Limits ( and Disability Definition under the ADAAA Final Regulations Checklist ( .

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