3.4 2. Major Life Activities

LibraryDisability Law and Practice, Vol. 3 (NY) 2017

2.. Major Life Activities

“Major life activities” include activities such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.

Since the enactment of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, major life activities now also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including but limited to: functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.4

The third part of the definition of disability, “regarded as having such an impairment” is applicable regardless of whether or not the disability is actual or perceived, but does not apply to disabilities that are transitory and minor, with an expected duration of six months or less.5

Disability does not include homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestism, transsexualism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, gender identity disorders not resulting from physical impairments or other sexual behavior disorders...

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