What is a major life activity under the Americans With Disabilities Act?

The following are examples of what are explicitly recognized as major life activities under the amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) that became effective on January 1, 2009:

· caring for oneself

· performing manual tasks

· seeing

· hearing

· eating

· sleeping

· walking

· standing

· lifting

· bending

· speaking

· breathing

· learning

· reading

· concentrating

· thinking

· communicating

· working

· normal working of major bodily functions including normal cell growth, immune system functions, endocrine functions, bowel and bladder functions, neurological functions, digestive functions, circulatory functions, respiratory functions and reproductive functions

This is not a comprehensive list, other actions can qualify as a "major life activity" depending on individual circumstances. If your cancer is in remission but would substantially limit one or more of the above-listed activities when active, it would still qualify as a disability.

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