Definitions for this section
The NSF definition of a disability is that which is used in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act – namely, that an individual with a disability is a person who has:
a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual 1;
a record of such an impairment; or
is regarded as having such an impairment 2.
The term "substantially limits" refers to the person having significant restrictions as to the condition, manner, or duration under which the individual can perform a major life activity in comparison to a person without the disability.
The determination of whether an impairment substantially limits a major life activity shall be made without regard to the ameliorative effects of mitigating measures such as:
medication, medical supplies, equipment, or appliances, low-vision devices (which do not include ordinary eyeglasses or contact lenses), prosthetics including limbs and devices, hearing aids and cochlear implants or other implantable hearing devices, mobility devices, or oxygen therapy equipment and supplies;
use of assistive technology;
reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids or services 3;or
learned behavioral or adaptive neurological modifications.
Please note that major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
A major life activity also includes the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.