Major Life Activities
As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (www.practicallaw.com/7-501-9331) (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101-13 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) (www.practicallaw.com/3-503-0547), includes, but is not limited to:
Caring for one's self.
Performing manual tasks.
Interacting with others.
(42 U.S.C. § 12102(2)(A) and 29 C.F.R. § 1630.2(i)(1)(i).)
The definition of major life activities under the ADA and ADAAA also encompasses operation of a major bodily function, such as:
Functions of the immune system.
Special sense organs and skin.
Normal cell growth.
Operation of an individual organ within a body system.
(42 U.S.C. § 12102(2)(B) and 29 C.F.R. § 1630.2(i)(1)(ii).)
For a chart comparing the definition of disability before and after the ADAAA regulations, see Checklist, Disability Definition under the ADAAA Final Regulations (www.practicallaw.com/7-505-7931). For more information about providing reasonable accommodation of disabilities in the workplace, see Practice Note, Disability Accommodation under the ADA (www.practicallaw.com/9-503-9007).