ADA Amendments Act: Determining What is Considered a Disability
For one to be considered physically or mentally impaired under the ADA, you must be significantly limited to one or more major life activities. Such activities include; walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, learning, or speaking. The inability to participate in other community related activities also applies under the ADA. As of January 1, 2009, the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) significantly expanded the interpretation of what is an actual disability and what isn’t. What is considered a disability is called the common-sense standard act. This act also states that a person can still protected as being disabled under terms of the law, even if they have a prosthetic that allows them to walk or a hearing aid that allows them to hear. The (ADAAA) civil rights law applies to both your patients and employees.