Presently, the ADA law defines a current disability as a medical condition or disorder referred to as an” impairment” that substantially limits one or more major life activities. For an impairment to rise to the level of a disability under ADA, it must substantially limit a major life activity. An impairment alone is not automatically a disability.
An “individual with a disability” is an individual who:
- has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a “major life activity,” or;
- has a record of such an impairment, or;
- is regarded as having such impairment.